Decrees honouring ephebes and their superintendent, 40/39 or 39/38 BC

AIO 924 Date: 40/39 or 39/38 BC
 
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[1] Decree 1 (Honours for sacrifices)[2] . . . proposed: concerning the report which the superintendent of the ephebes, - son of -enides of Marathon, makes about the sacrifice that he made with the ephebes in the city hall, the entry-sacrifices for Hestia and the other gods for whom it was traditional, on behalf of the Council and the People and children and women and the friends and allies, (5) and that with all the victims the sacrifices turned out fine and salutary; for good fortune, the Council shall decide, to accept the good things that took place at the sacrifices which he made for the health and preservation of the Council and the People and children and women and the friends; and to praise the superintendent - son of -enides of Marathon and the ephebes and crown each of them with a foliage crown for their piety towards the gods and their zeal and love of toil throughout the year, (10) in order that, these things being brought to pass, the Council may be seen to be honouring them worthily of the honour they deserve.
Decree 2 (Honours for superintendent of ephebes)[4] -on son of Anthesterios of Ikarion proposed: since those who were ephebes in the archonship of Nikandros (41/0 or 40/39)[3] and their fathers, having made an approach, make clear that their superintendent, - son of -enides of Marathon has given them the proper supervision . . . first having sacrificed the proper sacrifices . . . [on behalf of]  (15) the preservation of the ephebes, and having conducted himself in other matters in a manner worthy of . . . his election [by the People] and the dignity of his office . . . . . . arrangements concerning the - of the ephebes . . . . . . to have shown equal good-will to all, and in guiding them towards the finest pursuits made them attend the schools of the philosophers and orators and grammarians, (20) and be present at whatever lectures were given by others, and to take care of the weapons drill and the cavalry drill in a very thoughtful manner  . . .  also in the demonstrations both at the sacred contests which . . . in the - which the laws and the fatherland prescribed . . . they did not let themselves down in anything, nor in . . . (25) on behalf of the fatherland honour and . . . to have shown himself throughout the whole year . . . they invite, crowned . . . the People shall permit them, having requested . . . this inscription; the Council . . . in (30) the archonship or Nikandros (41/0 or 40/39)[3]  . . . the decree on a stone stele . . . the Council shall decide that the presiding committee allotted to preside at the forthcoming Assembly shall put these matters on the agenda . . . . . . . . .
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[in order that, these things being brought to pass, the Council may be seen to be paying proper attention to the] training of the ephebes and to be honouring good men.
Decree 3 (Honours for ephebes and their officers)[4] (35) - son of Anthesterios of Ikarion proposed: since the ephebes in the archonship of Nikandros (41/0 or 40/39)[3] from the first age of manhood have established themselves as good men, spending their time (?) . . . and have made for their superintendent and their tutors (?) . . . readily doing what is in the interests of the city . . . shirking no exertion both as regards their own self-control . . . (40) and being present at the schools of the philosophers and orators and grammarians and at whatever lectures were given by others, and concerning their exercises in grammar and their athletics in arms and their love of toil in cavalry training  . . . they have performed in a manner befitting themselves, and at the sacred contests . . . expeditions suitable to themselves across the country . . . (45) the gods with sacrifices and honours magnificently  . . . worthily of themselves and the fatherland, both in the processions and of all the religious ceremonies which were traditional . . . . . .
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. . . they made the dedication of the books . . . to devote . . . in everything else (50) . . . conducting themselves solemnly and with love of honour and magnificently; for good fortune, the Council shall decide, that the presiding committee allotted to preside at the forthcoming Assembly shall put these matters on the agenda, and submit the opinion of the Council to the People that it seems good to the Council to praise the ephebes of the archonship of Nikandros (41/0 or 40/39)[3] and crown them with a gold crown for the discipline which they displayed and their zeal for the finest of pursuits, (55) and to announce the crown at the competition for new tragedies of the Dionysia . . . and the generals and the treasurer of the stratiotic fund shall take care of the announcement of the crown; and to praise also their tutors and their trainer, . . . and their secretary Alexandros son of Alexandros of Halai, and their . . . and their weapons trainer, throughout the year (60) . . . having held office with the ephebes, and to crown each of them with a foliage crown for the conduct which they displayed; and to permit them also to dedicate a painting . . . and to inscribe this decree with the others on a stele and stand it in whatever place - of Marathon may choose, in order that, these things being brought to pass, the Council and the People may be seen to honour those young men who from the first age of manhood devote (65) themselves to the finest pursuits and that others may also become zealous for the same.