Sylloge Inscriptionum Graecarum: 562


Greek text:   Magnesia_49   ( I.Magn. 50 )
Date:     c. 207/6 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

For a commentary on this inscription, see K.J.Rigsby, "Asylia: Territorial Inviolability in the Hellenistic World", no. 100, pp.237-240 ( Google Books ).

From the Parians.

It was resolved by the council and the people, as proposed by Kallitheides son of Nesis: concerning the matters that have been set forth by the archons, concerning the decree from Magnesia, it is resolved that the archons shall bring before the people the theoroi who have been sent from Magnesia to announce the games.

As proposed by Kallitheides son of Nesis: the rest shall be as decided by the members of the council, but since the inhabitants of Magnesia on the Maiandros, who are friends of the people of Paros, have sent a decree and envoys - namely Molossos son of Kalliphon, Demetrios son of Amphistratos and Kallikrates son of Iphikrates - who have come before the [council] and the people to describe the epiphany [of the goddess] and that . . . the people {of Magnesia} have [voted] to hold a sacrifice and festival and truce and games with a prize of crowns, equivalent to the Pythian games, in music and athletics and horse-racing, every four years in honour of Artemis Leukophryene, the chief leader of their city; and they have urged and requested us to accept the games and to enhance the honours that have already been decreed for the goddess; therefore, so that the people [of Paros] may be seen to maintain their piety towards the gods, and to enhance yet more the friendship with the city {of Magnesia}, which has existed [since ancient times], and in accordance with their request to help to establish the games that they are holding for Artemis Leukophryene; therefore with good fortune for our city and the city of Magnesia, it is resolved by the people to recognise that the city and territory of Magnesia are inviolable and sacred, and to accept the sacrifice and the games with a prize of crowns, equivalent to the Pythian games, that the Magnesians are holding for Artemis in perpetuity; and to grant to the victors at these games the same rewards as are prescribed by law for the victors at the Pythian games; and that the archons shall proclaim in the theatre, during the contest of tragedians when we next hold the Great Dionysia, that the city and territory of Magnesia is inviolable and sacred; and that the present envoys, Molossos, Demetrios and Kallikrates, shall formally announce the festival and the games; and that the people shall send a theoros to the games which are being held in honour of Artemis Leukophryene by the Magnesians; and that the archons in the month of Posideon shall give notice regarding the sending of the theoros and the expenses necessary for this matter; and that the president shall appoint a theorodokos to welcome those who come to announce these games, and the status of theorodokos shall be granted to whoever is appointed, both for himself and for his descendants; and that the treasurer shall give travelling expenses to the theoroi, and . . . given to the theoroi; and to praise [the theoroi] - namely Molossos son of Kalliphon, Demetrios son of Amphistratos and Kallikrates son of Iphikrates - and [to crown] each [of them] . . . during the contest of tragedians . . . [and to grant them] the status of proxenoi and benefactors [of the city] of Paros, both for themselves and for their descendants, and all the privileges which are given to [other proxenoi]; and the archons shall invite the theoroi to hospitality at the prytaneion; and the expenses for this shall paid from the public funds for (?) sacrificial victims; and the archons along with the secretary shall [store] the decree of the Magnesians in the public hall; and the theoros who is appointed shall request the Magnesians to inscribe this decree and place it in the temple of Artemis Leukophryene.

Alexarchos son of Neokydes was appointed to be theorodokos.

The following places passed similar decrees:
Naxos   Andros
Arsinoē Tenos
Thera   Ioulis
The Samian colony in Minoa   Karthaia
Seriphos Arkesine
Kythnos (?) Asklepia
Aigiale Oinoē in Ikaria
[Melos] Kimolos
[?]   Mykonos

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