Honorary inscription for king Ptolemy IX Soter II


Trismegistos ID: 5995

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, 606.


White marble base, formerly used for IGCyr015800 (0.76; 0.25;0.92).


Inscribed on the right side of IGCyr015800.



Place of Origin



108 or 107 B.C. (reign)


Found in 1916 at Cyrene : on the agora .

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1993 in Shahat : Cyrene Museum .

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Oliverio, 1932-1933 , p. 71, n. 9 (ph.), whence SEG , 9.62. Cf. Bagnall, 1972 ; Mooren, 1975 , n. 0372; Mooren, 1977 , pp. 186-188; Hauben, 1977 ; Laronde, 1987 , pp. 445-446 and 462, whence SEG , 38.1899; Savalli-Lestrade, 2009 , pp. 147, 157, whence SEG , 59.1958; Criscuolo, 2011 , p. 137 footnote 22.


Βασιλέα Πτολεμαῖον θεὸν Σωτῆρα, τὸν ἐγ βασιλέως Πτολεμαίου θεοῦ Εὐεργέτου, Στόλος Θέωνος τῶν πρώτων φίλων ὁ ἀρχεδέατρος καὶ ἐπὶ τῶν ἡνιῶν 5εὐεργεσίας ἕνεκεν τῆς εἰς ἑαυτόν.


French translation

(Statue) du roi Ptolémée, Dieu Sôtèr, fils du roi Ptolémée Dieu Evergète, (érigée), par Stolos, fils de Théôn, des Premiers Amis, arkhédéatros (i.e. intendant en chef) et préposé aux rênes, en raison des bienfaits qu'il lui a prodigués.

English translation

(Statue) of king Ptolemy, God Soter, son of king Ptolemy God Euergetes, (erected) by Stolos, son of Theon, of the First Friends, archedeatros (i.e. chief steward) and in charge of the reins, on behalf of the benefactions provided to himself.

Italian translation

(Statua) del re Tolemeo, Dio Sotere, figlio del re Tolemeo Dio Evergete, (eretta) da Stolos, figlio di Theon, dei Primi Amici, archedeatros (i.e. capo maggiordomo) e preposto alle briglie, in considerazione dei benefici a lui concessi.


This inscription and IGCyr063000, both in very good condition, have allowed to restore another dedication by Stolos erected in the port of Cyrene (IGCyr102500).

On Stolos, the Athenian admiral, see Bagnall, 1972 , who proposes for the Cyrenaean dedications a date between 108 and 103 B.C.; Hauben, 1977 , who explores the possibility that he was a born-Cyrenaean granted Athenian citizenship. On behalf of his aulic title and offices Mooren, 1977 , p. 187, considers this inscription as dating from 108 B.C., somewhat later in the year than IGCyr063000, where he is not yet 'in charge of the reins'.

About the re-use of the stone as a sort of damnatio memoriae , see Savalli-Lestrade, 2009 . The fact that the base honoring Cleopatra III was cancelled and re-used also confirms a date after the break-up between mother and son (so Criscuolo, 2011 .

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