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Translations of Hellenistic Inscriptions: 135


LIST OF CONTRIBUTIONS FOR CORN SUPPLY AT IASOS

Greek text:   Iasos_154   ( I.Iasos 244 )
Date:   mid 2nd century B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

Many Greek cities needed to take special measures to ensure an adequate corn supply; an inscription from Samos contains detailed regulations for a similar fund to purchase corn ( BD¹_63 ). However this inscription is unusual in stating explicitly that the objective of the fund was to support the local democracy. At other times Iasos, like Athens, was grateful to receive gifts of corn from royal donors ( Austin 198 - from Laodike, queen of Syria ).


[These men], wishing [to enhance] the democracy [yet more, voluntarily contributed] money [from their personal resources for the corn supply {sitōnia}, so that] the people may always [live] happily, having an abundance of corn, with a ration of corn provided to all the citizens [from] the public supply, [according to the law].



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