Decree of the orgeones [of Bendis] (ca. 330-324/3 BC)

Sokolowski, LSCG 45 Date: ca. 330-324/3 BC
 
[1] . . . those who are inscribed on the stele or their descendants. If any of the orgeones who share in the sanctuary[2] sacrifices to the goddess, they shall sacrifice without charge; but if a non-member (idiōtēs) sacrifices to the goddess, they shall give to the priestess for a young animal (galathēnou)[3] 1½ obols (5) and the skin and the whole right thigh, for a full-grown animal 3 obols and the skin and thigh in the same way, for a bovine 1½ obols and the skin. They shall give the priestly dues for females (scil. animals) to the priestess, for males to the priest.[4] No one is to make offerings in the sanctuary beside[5] the altar (parabōmia), or be fined 50 drachmas. In order that the house and the sanctuary may be repaired, the rent for the house and the water,[6] whatever they are leased out for, (10) shall be spent on the repair of the sanctuary and the house, and on nothing else, until the sanctuary and house are repaired, unless the orgeones make a different decision . . . to the sanctuary; but water shall be left for the use of the lessee. If anyone proposes or puts to the vote anything contrary to this law, let the proposer and the one who puts it to the vote owe 50 drachmas to the goddess and be excluded from the common activities; (15) and the managers (epimelētas) shall inscribe him on the stele as owing this money to the goddess. The managers and the religious officials (hieropoious)[7] shall convene an assembly (agoran) and meeting (xullogon) in the sanctuary about the affairs of the society on the second of each month. Each of the orgeones who share in the sanctuary shall give to the sacred officials two drachmas for the sacrifice in Thargelion before the sixteenth.[8] Anyone who is present in Athens (20) and in good health and does not contribute shall owe 2 drachmas sacred to the goddess. In order that there may be as many orgeones of the sanctuary as possible, let anyone who wishes pay - drachmas and share in the sanctuary and be inscribed on the stele.[9] The orgeones shall check (dokimazein) those who are being inscribed on the stele and hand over [the names of those who have been checked to the secretary] in Thargelion[10] . . .