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Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 323


DECREE OF ERETRIA CONCERNING THE PROCESSION OF DIONYSOS

Greek text:   IG_12.9.192
Date:     (?) 308/7 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

Dittenberger dated this inscription to 308 B.C. More recent scholars have not been so certain; the inscription is only known in a copy, so it is impossible even to establish an approximate date from the letter forms. Possible dates, when Eretria was liberated from a foreign garrison, are 313, 308, and 196-194 B.C.; see A-F.Jaccottet, "La Lierre de la Liberté", ZPE 1990 ( PDF ).


On the proposal of the priest of Dionysos, Theodotos son of Theodoros, and the polemarchs, Sosistratos son of Protomenes, Aischylos son of Antandrides, and Ithaigenes son of Aischylos: since during the procession of Dionysos the occupying garrison departed and the people regained their freedom and democracy and their ancestral laws, therefore so that there shall be a memorial of this day, it is resolved by the council and the people, that all the Eretrians and the residents of their country shall wear wreaths of ivy during the procession of Dionysos; and the citizens shall [receive their wreaths at public expense], with the treasurer paying for the cost of the wreaths; and choruses [of men] should offer . . . to Dionysos . . . sending down wine . . .

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