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Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 943


KOS HONOURS XENOTIMOS, A DOCTOR

Greek text:   Paton-Hicks_5
Date:   3rd century B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

Several surviving Greek decrees praise public doctors for not abandoning their patients in times of danger; and this decree confirms that some doctors suffered from the effects of the diseases that they were trying to cure. The decree particularly stresses that Xenotimos provided care to the whole community, "giving no-one undue favour".

The translation is adapted from A.R.Hands, "Charities and Social Aid in Greece and Rome" (1968), page 202.


Praximenes proposed: since [Xenotimos], son of Timoxenos, in previous times took care of the citizens according to his medical skill, showing himself eager to save the sick; and now, in face of the onset of many virulent diseases and the illness of the public doctors in the city [resulting from] the ill effects of their attendance upon the patients, he of his own volition has been unfailing in his help for those in need, taking it upon himself to provide a remedy for [every] illness; and he has given no-one undue favour but has saved mens' lives by his ready care for all men equally; therefore it is resolved by the people to praise Xenotimos, son of Timoxenos, and to crown him with a golden crown on account of his goodwill and the care that he has continually provided to the citizens; the sacred herald shall proclaim at the Dionysia that the people crowns Xenotimos, son of Timoxenos, with as much money as the law permits; a valid vote of the assembly grants him a large gift on account of his goodwill and the care that he takes of the residents [of the city] by his medical skill . . . so that [all] may know [that the] people [gives fitting rewards to] those [citizens] who are useful and [well-disposed] . . .


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