Athenian Regulations for the Protection of Sacred Trees to Apollo Erithaseos
The inscription is a religious regulation found in a suburb to the north-east of Athens, dated to the second half of the 4th century BC. The place of discovery corresponds to the location of an ancient attic deme. The purpose of the regulation was to protect the sacred grove of Apollo Erithaseos from cutting trees and collecting dead branches or leaves, and more generally from damaging plant elements. The punishment for the violators is different for slaves and for free men. The priest, together with the demarchos, has the legal right to impose a fine and perhaps, through the delivery of the name, the judicial procedure against the guilty continued according to the laws of the polis.