Decrees for Methone

OR 150 Date: 430/29–424/3 BC
Of the Methonaians from Pieria.[1] Phainippos son of Phrynichos was secretary (424/3).
Decree 1 (date uncertain)[2] The Council and the People decided. ErechtheisI was in prytany. Skopas was secretary. Timonides was chairman. [Diopeithes?] (5) proposed: that the People shall vote immediately with regard to the Methonaians, whether it seems right that the People should assess their tribute immediately or that it should be sufficient for them to pay as much to the Goddess as resulted from the tribute which they were assessed at the previous Panathenaia to pay, and to be exempt from the remainder.[3] Of the (10) debts [being demanded] which the Methonaians have been recorded as owing to the public treasury (demosioi) or debts which the Methonaians have been recorded as owing to the public treasury (demosioi) [of the Athenians], if they are amenable to the Athenians as now and even better, the Athenians shall . . . . . . concerning the exaction; and if there is any general decree about the debts recorded on the (15) wooden tablets (sanisi), nothing shall apply to the Methonaians unless there is a separate decree about the Methonaians. Three envoys (presbes) over fifty years old shall be sent to Perdikkas,[4] and say to Perdikkas that it seems right to allow the Methonaians to use the sea and that they should not (20) be limited, and that he should allow them to enter his territory and trade as before, and that he should not wrong them or be wronged by them, nor send a military force through the territory of the Methonaians against the will of the Methonaians. And if the two parties agree let the envoys (presbes) bring them to terms; if they do not, let each send a (25) delegation (presbeian) to the Dionysia, with authority about the matters in dispute, to the Council and the People. And say to Perdikkas that if the soldiers in Potidaia[5] praise him the Athenians will hold a good opinion of him. The People voted that the Methonaians (30) should pay as much to the Goddess as resulted from the tribute which they were assessed at the previous Panathenaia to pay,[3] and be exempt from the remainder.
Decree 2 (426/5) The Council and the People decided. HippothontisVIII was in prytany. Megakleides was secretary (426/5). [Niko-] was chairman. Kleonymos[6] proposed: that the Methonaians (35) shall be permitted to export grain from Byzantium up to – thousand medimnoi each year,[7] and the guardians of the Hellespont (ellespontophulakes) shall not themselves prevent them from exporting or allow anybody else to prevent them, or else let them be fined ten thousand drachmas each. The Methonaians, having written to the guardians of the Hellespont (ellespontophulakas), (40) may export up to the limit fixed; and the ship exporting shall be exempt also. Whatever general decree about the allies the Athenians enact concerning going to support, or giving any other instruction to the cities either about the Athenians themselves or about the cities, whatever they enact mentioning the (45) city of the Methonaians shall apply to them, but otherwise not; but if they guard their own territory they shall be doing their duty. As for the wrongs they say they have suffered from Perdikkas, the Athenians shall consider what may seem good to them concerning the Methonaians, when the envoys who have been with Perdikkas (50) appear before the People, those who went with Pleistias and those with Leogoras. The other cities’ business shall be dealt with when the second (deutera) prytany (prutaneia) has entered office, holding an Assembly immediately after the sessions in the dockyard:[8] the Assemblies shall (55) run continually until the business is completed, and no precedence shall be given over this to any other business, unless the generals ask for something.
Decree 3 (date uncertain) The Council and the People decided. KekropisVII was in prytany. – was secretary. Hierokleides was chairman. – proposed: since . . . . . . Athenia- . . .
Decree 4 (424/3) [The Council and the People decided. AkamantisV was in prytany. Phainippos was secretary (424/3) . . . .]