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Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 330


ILION HONOURS MALOUSIOS OF GARGARA

Greek text:   IMT_186
Date:     c. 306 B.C.
Tags:     autonomy ,   leagues
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 festival and for the embassies that were sent abroad and for other matters of benefit to the festival; he has shown enthusiasm on every other occasion with much goodwill, and how he has given two hundred gold pieces without interest for the embassy that has recently been sent to Antigonos; and for the maintenance of the theatre 10 he has brought to Ilion and given to the the overseers as much money as they needed, one thousand four hundred and fifty gold pieces without interest; since Malousios has continually done and said on all occasions what is 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 festival and the federation of the cities; and to give him freedom from taxes, just as it has been given, and to give to his descendants freedom from taxes on whatever they buy or sell. This decree shall be inscribed on a stele 20 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 of the cities understands how to show gratitude to men who have given good service to them.

[B] Decided by the councillors {synedroi}: since, when envoys were sent by the councillors to the king Antigonos about the freedom and autonomy of the cities that are associated with the temple and the festival, Malousios gave the messengers who were sent as much money as the councillors requested, without interest; and provided money without interest for accommodation; 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, 30 because he has given good service to the temple of Athene and to the festival 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 of the cities understands how to show gratitude to men who have given good service to them.

[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, 40 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 ask Malousios 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; 50 and to invite him by name to privileged seating in the games at the Panatheneia; and [this right of privileged seating] shall 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 festival], with good fortune it is resolved by the councillors, that every [city associated] with the temple and the festival should inscribe on a stele a list of the honours that have been granted to Malousios by the council, and they should place [the stele wherever] is customary for each city.

[F] [Proposed by] Simalos of Lampsakos: [since Malousios] of Gargara 60 has eagerly taken care of . . .

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