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Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum: 41.75


DECREE OF RHAMNOUS, GIVING DIVINE HONOURS TO KING ANTIGONOS


Greek text:   DemRhamn_2.7
Date:   261-239 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

This inscription, which was published in 1992, provided the first definite evidence that Antigonos was worshipped like a god by some Greeks: see C.Habicht, "Divine Honors for King Antigonus Gonatas in Athens" ( Google Books ).



As proposed by Elpinikos of Rhamnous, the son of Mnesippos: since king Antigonos, the saviour of the people, has continually acted well towards the people of Athens, and on account of this the people honoured him with godlike honours; therefore with good fortune it is resolved by the Rhamnousians to sacrifice to him on the nineteenth day of the month of Hekatombaion, at the gymnastic contest of the Great Nemesia, and to wear crowns at that time. The citizens of the deme of Rhamnous shall use the (?) market-tax {agorastikon} to pay for the sacrifice that occurs. The demarch [and] the treasurer in office at the time shall take care of the sacrifice. [This decree] shall be inscribed on a stone [stele] and placed [by the altar] of king [Antigonos] . . .


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