Athenian and mercenary soldiers at Eleusis and the Eleusinians honour a general, Aristophanes of Leukonoion

I Eleus. 196 Date: Ca. 234 BC
 
Decree 1 (Soldiers) . . . . . . . . . showing himself to be [beyond reproach] and uncorruptible . . . . . . for which the People crowned him with a gold crown . . . . . . he continues to do what accords . . . (5) . . . he managed the guarding of the forts so that . . . . . . they be praised and crowned . . . . . . guard ship(?), and he arranged that [when the grain was set] at hand month by month those in military service would not be given less than had been reckoned for them; and he sacrificed at the Haloia to Demeter and Kore and the other (10) gods to whom it is traditional on behalf of the Athenian People and king Demetrios and queen [[Phthia]] and their descendants; and he invited all the citizens to the sacrifice, thinking that they should share in the good things that occurred in the sacrifices (hierois), paying for it from his own resources, and demonstrating in these matters the good will which he continues to have for his fellow citizens; and he announces (15) that for the future, to whatever the People appoint him or the citizens stationed in the forts ask of him, that he will present himself as worthy of the election of the People and of the actions he has taken in previous times; so therefore that those citizens stationed in the forts may be seen to render due thanks to those who display love of honour (philotimoumenois) to them and the Athenian People, (20) for good fortune, the citizens stationed at Eleusis and in Panakton and at Phyle and the soldiers serving alongside those from the city and stationed at Eleusis shall decide: to accept the good things which he says occurred in the sacrifices which he made to Demeter and Kore and the other gods to whom it is traditional, and to praise the general Aristophanes son of Aristomenes of Leukonoion and to (25) crown him with a gold crown according to the law; and so that all may know that they give thanks to those who display love of honour (philotimoumenois) towards the citizens stationed in the forts worthy of their benefactions, they shall make a bronze statue of him and stand it in Eleusis in the courtyard of the sanctuary; and they shall announce the crown and the setting up of the statue at the traditional competition of the Haloia and at the sacrifice (30) of the [Apato]uria in Panakton and at Phyle when the sacrifice to Artemis Agrotera takes place and at the new tragedy competition of the city Dionysia when next the People conduct the Dionysia, and they shall make the following announcement: 'The Athenians stationed by the People in Eleusis and in Panakton and on Phyle crown the general Aristophanes son of Aristomenes of Leukonoion with a gold crown according to the law (35) and with bronze statue for the excellence and good will which he continues to show to the Athenian People and king Demetrios and his descendants, and his justice towards them; and so that the things they decided may be accomplished as quickly as possible, those stationed at Eleusis shall choose five men, those in Panakton five, those at Phyle one, and those chosen shall effect the procurement of the statue as quickly as possible; (40) and for the expenditure incurred those chosen are to recommend to the citizens stationed in Eleusis and those in Panakton and those on Phyle and the mercenaries (xenois) stationed with Gnosias to contribute what is estimated by those making the account; so that those visiting Eleusis might know of the good will of the general Aristophanes and the gratitude of those who made the dedication, they shall inscribe this (45) decree on a stone stele and stand it by the statue, and those chosen for the making of the statue shall manage the inscription and the making of the stele and the announcement of the crown; and in their management and financial arrangements all shall be correct and just; and on rendering their accounts they shall be praised and crowned both collectively by all and individually by the (50) stationed (soldiers).
Decree 2 (Deme Eleusis) Theodotos son of Demokrates of Eleusis proposed: since Aristophanes in earlier time has provided many and great services to the Athenian People, and when elected gymnasium head (gumnasiarchos), when the People first conducted the . . . , he was a fine and well organised leader, doing all in accordance with the (55) laws and decrees of the People, and when elected tribal commander of cavalry (phularchos), in this office he demonstrated his love of honour (philotimian); and after this in the archonship of Lysias (238/7), in which year the war broke out, he continued in the management of the [provisions?] to place neither the safety of his own person nor anything else before the interests of the fatherland; and appointed general of (60) Eleusis for the year of Kimon (236/5) he managed the guarding of the forts and everyting else which the laws and the decrees of the People prescribed for him, and for all these things the People has praised and crowned him, as he omits nothing in his efforts for the city; and the deme Eleusis has praised and crowned him; and when he was elected general of Eleusis for the second time for the year of (65) [Ekphantos] (235/4), he managed the building up of the walls and the guarding of the forts of Eleusis and Panakton and Phyle; and he managed it that the grain from the countryside was brought in in safety; and he both continues privately to be of service to those whom he comes in contact in whatever way each asks him, and for many Eleusinians in the war he has been responsible for their preservation; so therefore that all who are chosen (70) as generals of Eleusis might show love of honour (philotimōntai) in doing everything favourable to demonstrate their zeal both now and in the future, knowing that they will not only be honoured by the Athenian People but will also receive from the deme Eleusis the thanks which should fall to good citizens, for good fortune, the Eleusinians shall decide: to praise Aristophanes son of Aristomenes of Leukonoion (75) and to crown him with a gold crown according to the law for his good will and love of honour (philotimias) towards the Athenian People and the deme Eleusis, and to announce this crown at the traditional competition of the Haloia; and to inscribe this decree on a stone stele and stand it in the courtyard of the sanctuary; and the deme president and the sacred recorders (hieromnēmonas) shall manage the announcement of the crown (80) and the making and setting up of the stele.
The following were chosen for the setting up of the statue:
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Hephaistodoros of Leukonoion Archias of Anakaia Diogenes of Kopros (85) Xenophon of Kikynna Mynniskos of Pergase Aristion of Phyle Chairion of Hybadai Antiphanes of Euonymon (90) Hieronymos of Poros Pythodoros of Teithras Kephisodotos of Araphen and the following mercenaries (xenōn) shared in the dedication: leader (95) Gnosias of Phokis Echetimos of Phokis Gelon of Macedon Agesipolis of Crete Polyxenos of Crete (100) Kalligeitos of Megara Zoilos of Thessaly Agathon of Lycia Xenophilos of Macedon Aristodamos of Megalopolis (105) Nikokles of Phokis Menekles of Argos Nikanor of Macedon Aristodamos of Crete Nikasion of Crete (110) Pyraimenes of Argos Agasias of Thessaly Apollonios of Aitolia Kallidamos of Phokis Alexion of Opountos (115) Apollodoros of Plataia Lyson of Phokis Theodoros of [Achaia]
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Andr- - Pas- - (120) Nika- - Hera- - Mos- - Hera- - Arch- - (125) Herp- - Men- - Nau- - Lam- - Men- - (130) Er- - Di- - Kt- - Nik- - Nik- - (135) Theo- - Ar- - So- - Kl- - Ar- - (140) Ph- - D- - . . .