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Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum: 62.598


SIPHNOS HONOURS AMPHICHARES OF SERIPHOS


Greek text: SEG_62.598
Date:   c. 246-200 B.C.
Tags:     loans+debts ,   pirates
Translated by:   N.Papazarkadas & Z.Papadopoulou
Format:   see key to translations

This inscription was first published, with a Greek commentary and English summary, by N.Papazarkadas & Z.Papadopoulou, "A Siphnian decree in honour of Amphichares of Seriphos" ( academia.edu ). In their summary, the editors suggest that Theagenes, who was exacting money from the Siphnians, could have been a pirate acting in some semi-official capacity, like the notorious Aitolian Dikaiarchos ( Polyb_18.54 ).



It was resolved by the [council] and the people . . . in accordance with the decree of the council and the people; [on the proposal] of Epikrates son of And..., of Diarchides son of Naus..., . . . [Since Amphichares] has continuously been a good man towards the people of Siphnos in all other respects, and when he sojourned in our city at the time when we had our money exacted by Theagenes, having been requested by us to offer a loan, he did give a loan and contributed unhesitatingly, even though the city already owed him money from loans he had given the people for the purchase of grain {sitōnia}, because he wished to make himself as useful as possible both in public and in private to all of us;   for these very reasons, it is resolved by the council and the people to praise Amphichares of Seriphos, the son of Amphichares, and to crown him with an olive crown for the time being, and to announce the award of the crown in the theatre. Amphichares shall be a proxenos and a benefactor of our city, both himself and his descendants; and they shall have the right to sail in and sail out both in time of war and in time of peace; and they shall have inviolability in times of seizure; and they shall have access to the council and the people, if they be in need of anything, first after the sacrifices. The prytaneis shall inscribe this decree in the shrine of Apollo Pythios; and the proposer shall take care of the inscribing.


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