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31 ― in honor of Herakleides of Salamis on Cyprus published as IG II2 360. He is praised in 325/4, when the crisis appears to have abated, for two actions. He was the first of the importers during the shortage ( , lines 8-9) in 330/29 to bring in grain and sell it at a reasonable price (lines 8-10, 29-31), and in 328/7 he contributed 3,000 drachmas towards the cost of supplying food (lines 11-12, 70).  This shortage was clearly serious and widespread.  The only Athenian honorary inscription other than IG II2 360 that can be associated quite certainly with the shortage of these particular years is IG II2 363.
37.  Epilog The account in the letter of Aristeas that made Demetrios head of the library charged with collecting all the books in the world, even with translating books from the Hebrew, is certainly late and fundamentally wrong on some important points. To take but the most obvious—however much the first Ptolemy may have laid the groundwork for it, the library as an actual institution did not apparently come into being until the reign of Ptolemy II Philadelphos. By then Demetrios was out of favor at court; he could not, therefore, have been head of the library.
Demetrios was no maddened megalomaniac who had to see his statue in every shop and on every street comer. Probably there were statues of Demetrios in Athens during his rule, but not a single base of one has yet been identified with certainty. IG II 2971 does not, as shown above, apply to him, and the base of a statue set up by the Sphettians in honor of Demetrios, son of Phanostratos (EM 13379, published in BCH 93  5670), may refer to him or to his homonymous grandson (above n. 19).  Although Demetrios was never head of the school, it does seem to be a further indication of his standing that Diogenes Laertios in his fifth book adds Demetrios' life to his account of the lives of the first four scholarchs of the Peripatos.