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Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 326


ATHENS HONOURS LYKOURGOS

Greek text:   IG_2².457
Date:     307/6 B.C.
Tags:     autonomy ,   buildings ,   democracy ,   freedom
Format:   see key to translations

* A summary of this decree is provided by Plutarch, Mor_852.


[A]   When [Anaxikrates] was archon, it was resolved by the people, on the proposal of Stratokles [of Diomeia, the son of Euthydemos]: since Lykourgos [of Boutadai, the son of Lykophron], inheriting from his forefathers the goodwill towards the people that his family has always shown . . .

[B]   . . . he embellished and . . . built up the city . . . in a manner befitting his previous reputation; he completed the [the arsenal and the theatre] of Dionysos, and [constructed the stadium for the Panathenaia], and the gymnasium [on the Lykeion] and embellished the whole city with many other [buildings]; and when great fear and danger encompassed the Greeks, 10 after Alexandros [had captured Thebes] and conquered all of Asia, he acted as the champion of the people against Alexandros; he remained incorruptible and unswerving in his protection of his homeland [and the well-being of all the Greeks] he strove by every means to keep the city free and autonomous, so that when [Alexandros] demanded the surrender of Lykourgos the people refused either to agree or even to discuss the surrender, knowing that as in everything he did, 20 Lykourgos had a good justification; and when on many occasions he rendered accounts of his public actions and administration, while the city was still [free and democratic]. . .

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