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Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 333


SAMOS HONOURS DEMARCHOS OF LYCIA

Greek text:   IG_12.6.1.30
Date:     305-301 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

Demarchos seems to have been a prominent friend of Antigonos; see R.A.Billows, "Antigonos the One-Eyed and the Creation of the Hellenistic State", page 379 ( Google Books ).   However it has been suggested that this inscription should be dated to 299 B.C., after the death of Antigonos: see P.Paschidis, "Between city and king", pp.387-389 ( PDF ).


Resolved by the council and the people, as proposed by Molpos son of Pythagoras and Amphidokos son of Skython: since Demarchos of Lycia, the son of Taron, was well-disposed and zealous towards the Samian people during their exile; and privately gave help to those citizens that he met; and now when he is staying with queen Phila and has been appointed as her bodyguard, he has shown himself to be well-disposed and zealous towards the needs of the people and whatever any of the citizens privately requires; therefore it is resolved by the council to praise Demarchos on account of the virtue and zealousness which he has continually shown towards the Samian people; and that he should receive the same level of care and attention, if he needs anything from the people. The college of magistrates in office at any time shall always take care of him, if he has need of anything, and he shall have priority in access to the council and the people, if he needs anything, second only to sacred matters or dealings with the kings. Citizenship shall be granted to him and his descendants, on an equal and similar basis. He shall be recognised as a benefactor and proxenos of the people. He shall be allocated to a tribe and a 'hundred' and a family, in the same way as other Samians. The scribe of the council shall take care of the allocation and enrolment. This decree shall be inscribed on a stone stele and placed in the temple of Hera.  

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