As the commander of part of the Egyptian fleet, Zenon had an important part to play in protecting the Athenian corn supply; see K.Buraselis in "The Ptolemies, the Sea and the Nile", pp.105-6 ( Google Books ).
When Diokles was archon, in the first prytany of the . . . tribe, Xenophon of Halai, son of Nikeas, acting as secretary of the prytany, on the 11th day of Hekatombaion, which was the eleventh day of the prytany, in assembly; Lysias of . . ., the son of Lysimachos, and the other presidents put the motion to the vote on behalf of the presidents; it was resolved by the council and the people, as proposed by Epicharmos of Kolonos, the son of Kallistratides: since Zenon, who was appointed by king Ptolemaios to command the undecked ships, has continually shown goodwill both publicly to the people and privately to each of the Athenians that he meets, helping the city as much as possible in word and deed; and he has taken care that corn should be conveyed to the city as safely as possible, striving to preserve the security of the people; therefore with good fortune it is resolved by the council that the presidents who are allotted to preside over the people at the first available assembly shall raise this matter, and bring the decision of the council before the people, that it is resolved by the council . . .
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