Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 544


Greek text:   EpOropou_303
Date:     c. 285 B.C.
Tags:     loans+debts ,   walls+fortifications

This inscription was previously thought to belong to the second half of the third century B.C., but it is now generally dated to about 285 B.C., shortly after Oropos rejoined the Boeotian League. See D.Knoepfler in "The Epigraphy and History of Boeotia", page 70 ( Google Books ). There is a German translation and commentary by L.Meier, "Die Finanzierung öffentlicher Bauten in der hellenistischen Polis", pp.221-224 ( Google Books ).

Gods. As proposed by Lysandros: so that there may be revenues of money for the building of the wall, and when the walls are completed, we may be useful both to ourselves and to the league of the Boeotians, it is resolved by the people that the "wall-makers" and the polemarchs shall borrow money from wherever they can, and at the lowest possible rate of interest; they shall return the money to the lenders in the year after Oropodoros was priest - both the capital and the interest on whatever they borrowed; those who lend a talent or more at one-tenth interest shall have the status of proxenoi and benefactors of the city of Oropos, both for themselves and for the descendants; they shall have the right of owning land buildings, and taxation equal to the citizens, and security and inviolability in war and in peacetime, both by land and by sea, and all the other rights in the same way as our citizens; their names and the names of their fathers shall be inscribed on a stone stele and placed in the temple of Amphiaraos; concerning those who lend less than a talent to the city, the people shall consider how each of them deserves to be honoured by the city; the polemarchs shall inscribe this decreee on a stone stele and place it in the temple of Amphiaraos; the treasurer shall provide money for the cost.

The following men were made proxenoi and benefactors according to the decree:   Nikon son of Charmides.

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