Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 476


Greek text:   IG_2².808   ( see also IG_2³.1.924 )
Date:     (?) 281/0 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

This inscription was previously dated to 239-229 B.C., on the assumption that it referred to the general Bithys, who defeated Aratos (see Plut:Arat_34), but A.S.Henry (in "Owls to Athens", 1990), suggested that it referred to a different Bithys, in the 280s B.C.

. . . and he acts well towards all the Athenians and shows goodwill to the people; with good fortune it is resolved by the council that the presidents, who are allotted to preside over the people at the next available assembly, shall raise this matter and submit the decision of the council to the people, that is resolved by the council to praise Bithys of Lysimacheia, the son of Kleon, on account of his virtue and his goodwill towards the Athenian people; and to crown him with a golden crown of . . . drachmas. He and his descendants shall become Athenian citizens, and he shall be enrolled in whichever tribe and deme and phratry he wishes, as is customary; and the members of the prytany shall put a motion about him to the vote, so that all may strive to act honourably towards the Athenian people, knowing that they will receive an appropriate reward for the services they have rendered. The scribe of the prytany shall inscribe this decree on a stone stele and place it on the acropolis; and the treasurers shall allocate 10 drachmas for the cost of inscribing the stele.

inscription 477

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