This inscription is unusually specific in explaining some of the reasons that the Athenians set up inscriptions, and shows that citizens were encouraged to take an interest in public affairs after the government became more democratic in 307 B.C. For some comments on the inscription, see C.W.Hedrick, "Democracy and the Athenian Epigraphical Habit", pp.412-3 ( PDF ).
. . . displaying the goodwill that he had towards the council and the people [of the Athenians], and he supervised the inscription of the laws, ensuring that all the laws, which were enacted when Pherekles was archon, were set out so that everyone could see them and no-one need be ignorant of the laws of the city. In order that the council might be seen to show proper gratitude to everyone who acts so honourably, with good fortune it is resolved by the council to praise Euchares of Konthyle, the son of Euarchos, and to crown him with an olive-wreath on account of the virtue and righteousness that he has shown toward the council. The secretary of the prytany shall inscribe this decree and place it in front of the council-house.
The council honours Euchares of Konthyle, the son of Euarchos.
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