Four decrees honouring ephebes and their superintendent, 37/6 or 36/5 BCAIO 1838 Date: 37/6 or 36/5 BC
Sosis son of Sosis of Oe dedicated (this) on behalf of his fellow ephebes.
Decree 1 (Honours for sacrifices) For the good fortune of the Council and the People of Athens; in the archonship of Kallikratides, in third prytany, of Aiantis, on the fourth of Boedromion, the fourth of the prytany; Council in the theatre, transferred from the Panathenaic (5) stadium; of the presiding committee Dio- of – was putting to the vote and his fellow presiding committee members; Lysis son of Asklapiades of Halimous proposed: concerning the report which the superintendent of the ephebes, Olympiodoros son of Olympos of Hagnous, makes about the sacrifice that he made with the ephebes in the city hall to Hestia and the other gods for whom it was traditional, the entry-sacrifices (isētētēria) on behalf of the Council and the People and children and women and the friends and allies, and that (10) the sacrifices have turned out fine and salutary in every respect; for good fortune, the Council shall decide, to accept the positive outcome of all the sacrifices for the health and preservation of the Council and the People and children and women and the friends and allies, and to praise the superintendent Olympiodoros son of Olympos of Hagnous and the ephebes and crown each of them with a foliage ‹crown› for their piety towards the gods and their zeal and love of honour throughout the whole year, (15) 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) (16) Lysis son of Asklepiades of Halimous proposed: since those who were ephebes in the year of the archonship of Menandros, having made an approach to the Council, make clear that their superintendent Olympiodoros son of Olympos of Hagnous has been generous (eugenē) and honour-loving (philotimon) towards them and and he has paid attention to . . . , guiding them to the finest pursuits and making them attend (20) the schools of the rhetoricians and the grammarians and the lectures which took place, and he has managed their physical exercise and drill, and further their weapons practice and cavalry exercise, [and for them to compete?] in the contests at the Thesieia [and the Epitaphia], similarly at the Antonieia, the Panathenaic (Games) of Antonios, the god and new Dionysos . . . on the seventeenth of Anthesterion . . . and to complete the procession . . . and sacrifice . . . , and similarly he has carefully organized the competition, (25) for them to compete against each other in a manly way, and he has conducted with the ephebes the sacrifices provided by Tla- . . . , who was their gymnasiarch for two months, the most handsome bull . . . the ephebes, competing against each other at the [gymnasium] in the torch-race in a manly and splendid way; and he has been attentive concerning their living-expenses, guiding those most prominent [and honour-loving?] to undertake gymnasiarchies, relieving the others in the right measure (30) of these expenses; and he has provided for the sacrifices which the customs and the laws prescribed and for the entry-sacrifices (eisitētēriо̄n); and he has offered sacrifices with the ephebes for the procession of Elaphebolion with the vine-branch (klēmatidi); and he has behaved through the whole year fairly, caring for all of them and displaying his ancestral good will (eunoian) to all; for which they too, wishing to render him thanks, crowned him with a golden crown and request the Council to allow themselves to make a dedication of a bronze statue of him (35) . . . and likewise a dedication of a painted statue in armour . . . for good fortune, the Council shall decide, to permit the ephebes to crown their superintendent Olympiodoros son of Olympos of Hagnous for his good will towards them, and to make the dedication of the statue in the place they request, and likewise [to make] the dedication of the painted statue . . . in order that, these things having been brought to pass, the Council may be seen (40) to be paying proper attention to the training of the ephebes and to be honouring good men.
Decree 3 (Honours for ephebes and ephebic staff) (40) Since those who were ephebes in the year of the archonship of Menandros have behaved well and with decency during the whole year of their ephebate, being obedient to the superintendent and the tutors and attending the schools of the philosophers and rhetoricians and grammarians and at the gymnasia behaving appropriately; and they have also managed their physical exercise and drill, and also their strenuous weapons training throughout the whole year . . . (45) . . . the expeditions into the country to the best of their ability with common purpose (homonoias) . . . . . . with all love of honour, and, maintaining piety towards the gods, they participated (sunepempsan) in all the city’s processions and they performed public services (leitourgias); and they sacrificed the . . . . . . [supplying] the victims in the finest possible manner; and they sacrificed at the Diogeneia within the precinct (scil. of the Diogeneion) and they completed the other sacrifices which were appropriate and obtained favourable omens on behalf of the Council and the People . . . (50) . . . they dedicated . . . books . . . to the library in the Ptolemaion according to the decree which Metrophanes . . . proposed: in order, therefore, that the Council may be seen to be approving the excellence of the ephebes and their love of honour in respect of good deeds, for good fortune, the Council shall decide, to praise the ephebes of the archonship of Menandros and to crown them with a golden crown for the good discipline which they have maintained and the zeal for the fine pursuits, and to announce the crown at the competition for new tragedies of the Great Dionysia and at the Panathenaia and at the Eleusinia in the gymnastic competitions; and the (55) general and the herald of the Council of the Areopagos shall take care of the proclamation of the crown; and to praise [the secretary Attalos] son of Aristeides of Kydathenaion and the trainer (paidotribēn) Theodoros son of Demetrios of [Steiria] [and the weapons trainer Antiphanes] son of Nikadas of Melite ‹and?› the tutors; and to crown each of them with a foliage crown for their behaviour; and to inscribe this decree together with the others on the same stele, in order that, these things being brought to pass, the Council may be seen to be honouring those who devote themselves from the first age of youth (60) to the finest pursuits, and that others may also become zealous for the same.
Decree 4 (Honours for Sosis son of Sosis of Oe) (60) Kratippos son of Philokles . . . proposed: since those who were ephebes in the year of the archonship of Menandros and their superintendent Olympiodoros son of Olympos of Hagnous, having made an approach to the Council, make clear that Sosis son of Sosis of Oe, following the excellence of his father, has conducted himself reputably (philodoxо̄s) and generously (megalomerо̄s) in respect of his deeds both collectively towards all as well as individually towards each one of them, being willing by himself to take care that his fellow ephebes were unencumbered and exempt (65) from fees (scil. of the ephebate), and, himself being gymnasiarch and leader of his tribe (phylarchēsanta), and carrying out a theatrical sponsorship (chorēgian) for three days, and excelling in magnanimity (megalopsychiai), he has also dedicated the stele which will be bearing the decrees and the roster of the ephebes and he has devoted all his means to doing these things, displaying love of goodness, and for this reason they (i.e. the ephebes and their superintendent) request the Council to allow them to make a dedication of a painted statue of him in the stoa of Attalos; for good fortune the Council shall decide to praise Sosis son of Sosis of Oe for his [love of honour] from the first age of youth (70) towards his fellow ephebes, and to allow his fellow ephebes and the superintendent Olympiodoros son of Olympos of Hagnous to dedicate a painted statue of Sosis bearing the following inscription: “Those who were ephebes in the year of the archonship of Menandros and their superintendent Olympiodoros son of Olympos of Hagnous . . . Sosis son of Sosis of Oe . . . ” and to inscribe this decree . . . on the same stele . . . for the love of goodness . . . Uninscribed Space
(75) . . . (crown(s)) In crown . . .
. . . (crown(s)) In crown Olym- piodo- (80) ros son of Olym- pos of Hagno- us
The Council (crowns) In crown the (85) ephe- bes
The People (crown) In crown . . .
[Those] who were ephebes in the archonship of Menandros:
(90) [Of ErechtheisI] . . . [son of] -es of Kephisia -chos son of Demostratos of Kephisia [Arist]eus son of Apollophanes of Pambotadai Lucius Seppius of Kephisia (95) Apollonides son of Th- of Lamptrai -s son of Leukios [of Kephisia] -os son of - of Kephisia . . .
[Of AigeisII] (100) . . . of Bate
Of PandionisIII -stratos [(son of -stratos)] of Paiania Noumerios son of Glaukos of Paiania Of LeontisIV (105) [Peith?]odemos son of Peithon of Cholleidai Apollonios son of Timariskos of Skambonidai Apollonides son of Noumenios of Phrearrhioi Diogenes (son of Diogenes) of Paionidai Dionysios son of Protion of Eupyridai Uninscribed space (110) Aristeides son of Leukios of Nik- Apollonios son of Mikion of An[tioch] Marcus Terentius of Rome Dexon son of Noumenichos of T- Biottos son of Eukles of - (115) Philodemos son of Mene- of- Epaphrodeitos son of – of - Aischines son of Aris- of - Aristaios son of Koi- of - -andros . . . (120) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (125) Apoll- son of - of Herakleia Zopyros (son of Zopyros) of Miletos Eumenes (son of Eumenes) of Tyana Euemeros son of Menandros of Miletos Nikomachos son of Menelaos of Sidon (130) Artemisios son of Heliodoros of Alabanda Epikrates son of Hesychos of Sidon Moschos son of Apollonios of Plataia
Of PtolemaisV Philistides son of Athenagoras of Phlya (135) Titus Caisellius Rufus of Phlya Kritoboulos son of Meilichos of Prospalta Alexandros son of Dositheos of Phlya Phaidrias son of Euandros of Aphidna Bakchios (son of Bakchios) of Aphidna
(140) Of AkamantisVI Polystratos (son of Polystratos) of Thorikos Xenon son of Neon of Poros Aristeas son of Apollonios of Hermos -okrates son of Onesandros of Sphettos (145) [Euthy?]domos son of Marnakes of Sphettos -ius Licinius son of Publius of Sphettos
Of OineisVII Sosis son of Sosis of Oe [Diogn?]etos son of Dionysios of Acharnai (150) -or son of Alexandros of Phyle
Of KekropisVIII -s son of Nikophon of Halai -s (son of -s) of Aixone Apollonios son of Apollophanes of Aixone (155) Dionysios son of Kallistratos of Miletos Hierokles son of Nikasion of Miletos Praxagoras son of Praxagoras of Karystos -otimos son of Antiochos of - -philos son of Dionysios of - (160) . . . . . . -os son of Aphrodisios of Miletos Publius Granius son of Publius of Rome Aischines son of Eudoxos of Miletos (165) Hieron son of Sotas of Plataia Aphrodeisios son of Philostratos of - Lucius (son of Lucius) of Rome Hieron son of Straton of M- Athenadas son of Eutych- of - (170) Sotas (son of Sotas) of - Elpinikos . . . Titus S- (?) . . . Paramonos . . . . . . (175) . . . . . .
Sostratos son of Dem- of Melite Kleoxenides son of K- of Epieikidai
Of HippothontisIX (180) Attalos son of Dem- of - Pontios son of Kallias of -
Of AiantisX Epinikos [(son of Epinikos)] of Trikorynthos Euphorion son of Ka- of Phaleron
(185) Of AntiochisXI Diokles son of Euphranor of Krioa Hermokrates son of Pistokrates of Athens Demetrios son of Hermippos of Athens Zosimos son of Sphairos of Athens (190) Dorion son of -iades of Athens Metroph- son of - [of Athens] Asklep- son of - of Athens Titos . . . Mene- son of - of Athens (195) As- son of - of Athens Eu- son of - of Athens . . . of Athens . . . . . . (200) . . . . . . of Hermou(polis) . . . of Hermou(polis) . . . of Miletos . . . son of -dotos of Miletos (205) - (son of -) of Sidon . . . of Tanagra . . . of Salamis . . . of Miletοs . . . of Salamis (210) - son of - of Miletοs - son of Apollodoros of Miletοs -s son of Axipolis of Messene -tos son of Eunostos of Oropos -ndros son of Satyros of Miletοs (215) -s (son of -s) of Rome . . . ⟦of Rome⟧ - son of - of Rome - son of -stichos of Miletos -es son of Kall- of Miletos (220) - son of Apoll- of -
The Council (crowns) the secretary In crown Atta- los of Kyda- (225) thena- ion
[The Council] (crowns) [the trainer] In crown Theo- (230) doros of Steiri- a
[The Council] (crowns) [the weapons trainer] In crown (235) Anti- phanes of Meli- te.