Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 579


Greek text:   FD_3.3.224
Date:     end of 3rd century B.C.
Tags:     poets+musicians
Format:   see key to translations

For some comments on this decree, which appears to imply that Hermokles was a poet, see I.Rutherford, in "Wandering Poets in Ancient Greek Culture", page 245 ( Google Books ).

[Gods. It was resolved by the city of Delphi in full assembly], with votes as prescribed by law: since Hermokles [son of Phainomenos, who has been sent as hieromnemon by the city] of the Chians, has performed the [traditional] sacrifices to the god [in a splendid and honourable fashion], and mixed the wine in the silver [bowl] at the Theoxenia; [and (?) he wrote a hymn to the god; and his conduct here was] worthy of the temple and of those who sent him; and [he came before the assembly] to describe the close relations that have existed since the time of Ion, [and the good intentions that they hold towards Delphi; therefore with good fortune] it is resolved by the city to praise the city [of the Chians, because they have sent this man and because of the goodwill which they] have zealously shown on behalf of our common freedom; [and to crown them with a wreath of] the god's [laurel], as is traditional at Delphi, on account of their virtue [and their piety towards the god and the city]; and also to crown Hermokles [of Chios], the son of Phainomenos, [on account of his virtue and his piety towards the god] and his goodwill towards the city; and to announce [the award of the crowns in the gymnastic contest at the Soteria games], and at the Dionysian games, just before the contest of the boys' choruses; [and to grant to him and his descendants proxeny], priority in access to the oracle, priority in receiving justice, inviolability, freedom from all taxes, [privileged seating at all the games that the city] holds, and the other rights that are granted to other proxenoi [and benefactors]. The treasurers [shall inscribe this decree] on two stone steles, and place one [in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, and the other] in Chios.

"[The city of Delphi crowns] the hieromnemon Hermokles of Chios, the son of Phainomenos, [with a wreath of laurel]."

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