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Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 330


ILION HONOURS MALOUSIOS OF GARGARA

Greek text:   IMT_186
Date:     c. 306 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

Several other inscriptions mention a "League of Ilion", but this inscription provides the most detailed evidence for the existence of the league in the time of Antigonos I.   For a brief summary of what is known about the league, see R.A.Billows, "Antigonos the One-Eyed and the Creation of the Hellenistic State", pp.218-9 ( Google Books ).

It appears that decree A was passed before , and B after, the time in 306 B.C. when Antigonos adopted the title of king.


[A] [Decided by the councillors:] since Malousios [of Gargara], the son of Bakchias, has given good service to the temple of Athene [Ilias] and to the cities, and previously he was useful in many ways to the council and to the cities; he gave money without interest for the maintenance of the temple and the assembly and for the embassies that were sent abroad and for other matters of benefit to the assembly; he has shown enthusiasm on every other occasion with much goodwill, and how he has given three hundred gold pieces without interest for the embassy that has recently been sent to Antigonos; and has given to the overseers as much money as they needed for the maintenance of the theatre at Ilion, one thousand four hundred and fifty gold pieces without interest; since Malousios has continually done and said on all occasions what is genuinely beneficial to the goddess and the cities, with good fortune it is resolved by the councillors to praise Malousios of Gargara, the son of Bakchias, and to crown him at the gymnastic games with a crown of one thousand drachmas, on account of his virtue towards the temple and the assembly and the federation of the cities; and to give him freedom from taxes, whenever it is given, and to give to his descendants freedom from taxes on whatever they buy or sell. This decree shall be inscribed on a stele and placed in the temple of Athene, and the citizens of Gargara shall take care of it, so that everyone may know that the federation understands how to show gratitude to men who have given good service.

[B] Decided by the councillors: since, when envoys where sent to the king Antigonos about the freedom and autonomy of the cities that are associated with the temple and the assembly, Malousios gave the envoys as much money as the councillors requested, without interest; and provided money without interest for entertainment; and in other respects eagerly serves the council in whatever way it asks; therefore with good fortune it is resolved by the councillors to praise Malousios of Gargara, the son of Bakchias, because he has given good service to the temple of Athene and to the assembly and to the federation of the cities; and to crown him with a golden crown of one thousand drachmas at the gymnastic games; and to inscribe this decree on the stele which will be set up in the temple to commemorate Malousios' service as councillor. The citizens of Gargara shall take care of it, so that everyone may know that the federation understands how to show gratitude to men who have given good service.

[C] Decided by the councillors: since Malousios has asked the council to tell him how much money it needs from him for the theatre and for the other preparations, and for the sacred rites and for the embassy, and since he says that he want to hand over all the money in the presence of the councillors, with good fortune it is resolved by the councillors to give to the agonothetes three thousand five hundred gold pieces along with whatever is already owed, without interest. The agonothetes should use whatever they need, and deposit the rest of the money in the temple; if any of the money is left over after the work has been completed, they should give it back to Malousios.

[D] Decided by the councillors: since Malousios of Gargara, the son of Bakchias, has given good service to the temple of Athene Ilias and the council, it is resolved by the councillors to crown Malousios with a golden crown of thirty gold pieces; and to summon him by name to the front seats, among the councillors at the games; and this right of sitting in the front seats will remain with him and his descendants. The agonothetes shall inscribe this decree on a stele and place it in the temple of Athene.

[E] Decided by the councillors: since Malousios has given good service to the temple of Athene Ilias and to the federation of the cities and to the assembly, with good fortune it is resolved by the councillors, that every city associated with the temple and the assembly should inscribe on a stele a list of the honours that have been granted to Malousios by the council, and they should place the pillars wherever is customary for each city.

[F] Proposed by Simalos of Lampsakos: since [Malousios] of Gargara has eagerly taken care of . . .

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