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Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 556


DELPHI HONOURS THE MESSENIANS

Greek text:   FD_3.4.23 ,   FD_3.4.24
Date:     c. 209/8 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

Although C is the only one of the inscriptions in which the name of the annual archon has been preserved, it appears that Xenaretos was honoured within the same six month period, and in exactly the same way, as Mnasagoras ( Syll_555 ).


[C] Gods. Resolved by the city of Delphi in full assembly, with the votes prescribed by law: since the Messenians have sent soldiers to join in guarding the temple and the city, with Xenaretos son of Telesarchos and Epichares son of Phillias as their commanders, charged with protecting the city and the temple; and they have joined in guarding the city and the temple in a fine and reliable manner; and they have been well-disciplined while they resided here; therefore it is resolved by the city to praise the city of Messenia on account of its piety towards the god and its goodwill towards the city; and the Messenians shall be recognised as benefactors of the temple and the city; and to grant them priority in access to the oracle, proxeny, privileged seating, inviolability, freedom from all taxes, and the other rights which are granted to other proxenoi and benefactors. When Alexeas was archon, and the councillors were Lysimachos, Archelas, Lysidamos, Euthydikos and Archelas.

[D] God. Good fortune. Resolved by the city of Delphi in full assembly, with the votes prescribed by law: since the commanders of the soldiers sent by the city of Messenia to protect the temple and the city, Xenaretos son of Telesarchos as leader of the mercenaries and Epichares son of Phillias as his deputy, have joined in guarding the temple in a fine and reliable manner; and have kept their soldiers well-disciplined and free from any reproach; and their own conduct has been worthy of the god and the city during their residence here; therefore the city has granted, both to them and to their descendants, proxeny, priority in access to the oracle, privileged seating, priority in receiving justice, inviolability, freedom from all taxes, and the other rights which are granted to other proxenoi and benefactors. When [Alexeas] was archon, and the councillors were [Lysimachos, Archelas], Lysidamos, Euthydikos and Archelas.

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