Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum: 30.1892


Greek text:   Melet_22.EA.39
Provenance:   Gazoros , north Macedonia
Date:   215/4 or 174/3 B.C
Tags:     corn_supply
Format:   see key to translations

This inscription gives a good impression of the concerns of a Macedonian town and the surrounding villages during a time of shortages - perhaps caused by raids on their territory.   Translated by M. Hatzopoulos, "Macedonian Institutions under the Kings", 1, pp.51-56 ( PDF ), with a discussion of the date.

* * * drachmas . . . as they were unable to find here, he promised to the citizens to sell them grain until the new harvest: wheat at two drachmas and four obols per medimnos, and barley at one drachma and four obols per medimnos; and he did that in that year and did not stop selling at the same price in the sixth year too. Therefore, since in a manner worthy both of the king and of the citizens, he took care to save the land and to enable those who stayed at home to perform their obligations, and strove to preserve the neighbouring villages both all together and each one separately, it was resolved by the Gasorians and the neighbouring villages that the decree should be sent to the king, and that there be elected [from among the] citizens those who shall go to [the king], in order to converse with him on the subject of the decree, and those who are elected [shall consecrate] a stele to Artemis in Gasoros, wherever Plestis pleases, and shall inscribe the decree on it; and that they shall also crown him with a crown of leaves, so that the others, seeing the benefaction bestowed on him by the citizens, will take care to preserve their fellow-citizens.

These were chosen and it was approved by vote: Kozisiotos son of Bastikilas, Dionysios son of Apollodoros, Mantas son of Kerzoulas.

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