Honorary inscription for king Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II


Trismegistos ID: 5991

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, inv. number unknown.


White marble base, later re-used, as shown from two deep attachment holes on former lower side; broken off at right lower angle and also slightly at right upper angle (0.76; 0.22;0.57).


Originally inscribed on the whole surface.


0.025; some of the alphas have a dropped bar and phi has a very flat loop.

Place of Origin



Between 145 and 116 B.C. (reign)


Found before 1930 at Cyrene : in the North-East area of the Sanctuary of Apollo .

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 2001 in Shahat : outside Cyrene Museum .

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Oliverio, 1932-1933 , pp. 69-70, n. 6, whence SEG , 9.52. Cf. Laronde, 1987 , p. 453, footnote 228; Lanciers, 1988 , pp. 431-433, whence SEG , 38.1671; Savalli-Lestrade, 2009 , pp. 145, 156, whence SEG , 59.1958.


Βασιλέα Πτολεμαῖον θεὸν Εὐεργέτ[ην] τὸν ἐκ βασιλέως Πτολεμαίου καὶ βασιλίσσης Κλεοπάτρας, θεῶν Ἐπιφανῶν, [------]   5[------]  [------]  


6[------]  〛 : Oliverio, 1932-1933  〚[---] λ̣ε̣[---] 

French translation

(Statue) du roi Ptolémée, dieu Evergète, fils du roi Ptolémée et de la reine Cléopatre, Dieux Epiphanes, (consacrée par) [noms martelés].

English translation

(Statue) of king Ptolemy, god Euergetes, son of king Ptolemy and queen Cleopatra, Gods Epiphaneis, (dedicated by) [erased names].

Italian translation

(Statua) del re Tolemeo, dio Evergete, figlio del re Tolemeo e della regina Cleopatra, Dèi Epifani, (dedicata da) [nomi martellati].


E. Lanciers has argued that a date as early as 163 is also possible because of the epithet Euergetes, which he shows to have been chosen in 164/3.

The traditional view is that when king of Cyrene, i.e. from 163 to 145, Ptolemy was mentioned in Cyrene without epithet, whence the date 145/116 traditionally assigned to this and four other Cyrenaean inscriptions (so Laronde, 1987 , p. 453, footnote 228).

In the latter view, the erased lines contained the name and title of the dedicants and possibly the reason of the dedication.

If Lanciers is right, the erasure might have cancelled the name of one of both associate kings during the troubled period ending with Ptolemy's will (163-155; cf. IGCyr011200).

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