This decree probably honours a member of the family of Hieron II of Syracuse; by the time of the decree, Hieron was in command of the Syracusan army, and clearly a man of influence. But it seems too late for the father of Hieron; and there is no mention of a son of Hieron called Hierokles. Dittenberger suggested that it might refer to another, unknown, member of Hieron's family.
[Resolved by the city] of Delphi: since Hierokles of Syracuse, the son of Hieron, [has continually] acted piously [towards the god and the temple], and has always [shown kindness publicly to the city] and privately to any of the Delphians whom he meets, therefore [to register Hierokles] as a benefactor [of the temple and] the city and as a proxenos; and to grant to him [and his descendants priority in access to the oracle, priority in receiving justice, freedom from] all taxes, [privileged seating at] the games, inviolability, security, [and all] the other rights that are awarded [to other benefactors of the temple and] the [city. The archon was] Erasippos, and the councillors were Charixenos, Aiakidas and [Melission].
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