Decree honoring Diophantos
Originally published by Latyshev, commentary by Solomonik
"Herakleidas son of Parmenontos proposed: whereas Syriskos son of Herakleidas, having diligently described the appearances of Parthenos, read (the above), and about the relations towards the kings of Bosporos told, and the relations with the cities that were peaceful investigated according to the people's dignity, so in order to do him appropriate honors, be it resolved by the council and the people to praise him for that, and for the symmnamones to crown him with a golden wreath at the 21th day of Dionysia, and to make the (following) proclamation:
«The people crowns Syriskos son of Herakleidas for he described the appearances of Parthenos and the relations with the cities and the kings that were peaceful investigated truly and according to the state's dignity;" for the symmnamones to write this people's resolution on a stone slab and set up in the narthex of the temple of Parthenos; and for the treasurer of the sacred funds to provide the expense arising in these connections. These things were resolved by the council and the people, on the tenth day of the month (...)»"
This inscriptions mentions the most ancient historian Syriskos who described "the appearances of Parthenos", barbarians' attacks and other dangerous events from which Parthenos had saved her city, as well as the relations between Chersonesos and Bosporan kingdom and other states. For his historical works, which unfortunately did not preserve to these days, Syriskos was awarded with a golden wreath during festival of Dionysia. Similarly to Herodotus, he read his histories in public, probably in the theater, which existed in Chersonesos as early as the mid-3rd century B.C. Mentioned by the inscription symmnamones were the officials responsible for religious ceremonies and giving awards to the citizens.