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Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 734


DELPHI HONOURS AMMONIOS OF ATHENS

Greek text:   FD_3.1.228
Date:   95/4 B.C.  
Format:   see key to translations

Sylloge³ identified this Ammonios as Ammonios of Pambotadai, who is known to have been priest of Apollo on the island of Delos ( GRA_21150 ).   The decree belongs to the same year as the decree of Delphi in honour of Nikomedes ( OGIS_345 ).   The translation is adapted from M.J.H.Chin, "Honours for Historians", appendix B.15 ( PDF ).


God. Good fortune. When Kleodamas son of Kleon was [archon]; and Kleandros son of Timon and Demokrates son of Teison were members of the council for the first six months; and Nikias son of Kleon was the secretary of the council; it was resolved by the city of Delphi [at] a plenary session of the assembly, with lawful votes:   since Ammonios son of Ammonios, the Athenian, [is] a good man, and in all aspects attends to piety towards the gods, and has often composed many fine speeches [in] their honour; and wishing to be maintain regularity in his bearing in all his deeds, he administered the affairs of the god in [a fine manner], sacrificing a bull, apportioning a share of the sacrifice to all and seeking to outdo the piety of his country towards the god and her benevolence towards the Greeks; and he bore himself in a zealous manner in his conduct of the [sacred affairs] during his term of office, considering all expense and payment less than [his] zeal for excellence; and he has conducted his visit and himself in a manner worthy of the Athenian people and the assembly of the Greeks gathered at the Pythian Games;   therefore since it is fitting for the Delphians to receive and honour men who are outstanding in their piety and righteousness, with good fortune, it is resolved by the city of Delphi [to praise] Ammonios son of Ammonios, the Athenian, and crown him with a crown of the god as is customary. [He] and his descendants shall obtain from our city the status of proxenos, priority in access to the oracle, priority in receiving justice, inviolability, exemption from taxes, the right of priority seating at all the games which the city conducts, and all the other honours which are obtained by other proxenoi of the city. He shall be sent the greatest guest-gifts, as according to the law.

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