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Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 354


EPHESOS HONOURS AGATHOKLES OF RHODES

Greek text:   Ephesos_59   ( I.Eph. 1455 )
Date:     c.300 B.C.

This decree probably belongs to the years between 301 and 294 B.C., when Demetrios still held Ephesos but the rest of Asia Minor was controlled by Lysimachos, which must have put the city's food supply at risk; see G.M.Rogers, "The Mysteries of Artemis of Ephesos", page 55 ( Google Books ).


It was resolved by the council and the people, as proposed by Dion son of Diopeithes: since Agathokles of Rhodes, the son of Hagemon, when he brought corn into the city, amounting to 14,000 hekteis of wheat, and found that corn was being sold in the agora at more than six drachmas for a medimnos, was persuaded by the agoranomos; and because he wished to do a favour to the people, he sold all his corn at a cheaper price than the corn that was sold in the agora; therefore it is resolved by the council and the people to grant to Agathokles of Rhodes citizenship on a equal and similar terms, both for himself and for his descendants; the essenes shall allot to him a tribe and a 'thousand'; and the neopoiai shall inscribe this award in the temple of Artemis in the place where they inscribe the other awards of citizenship, so that everyone may know that the people understands how to show gratitude to its benefactors.

He was assigned to the tribe of Bembinē and the 'thousand' of Aigōteus.

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