Public honors for Arsinoe II


Trismegistos ID: 6016

Source Description


Limestone block, probably belonging to the same monument as IGCyr033800; recut at right and reused upside down in Roman times (0.73; 0.35; -).


Inscribed on the face in three lines centered along vertical axis.


0.06; carefully cut, similar to IGCyr033800.

Place of Origin

Ptolemais .


Between 251 and 168 B.C. (context, lettering, reign)


Seen by all visitors since J.-R. Pacho (1825) at Ptolemais : recut and reused in the rostra of the Square of the Cisterns , 5th file, 2nd block from left.

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1979 at place of re-use.

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Letronne in Pacho, 1827 , pl. LXXIV and pp. 397-399 (= Letronne, 1828 , pp. 259-261), whence CIG 5184 and OGIS 33; Oliverio, 1932-1933 , pp. 68-69, n. 3, fig. 7, whence SEG , 9.357.

Cf. Moretti, 1976 (= Moretti, 1990 , pp. 343-348), whence SEG , 26.1838; Robert, Bulletin Épigraphique , 1977.593; Laronde, 1987 , pp. 398, 402, whence SEG , 38.1905; Marquaille, 2003 , and Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique , 2005.620, whence SEG , 53.2028; Mueller, 2004 , and Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique , 2007.568, whence SEG , 54.1779bis; Criscuolo, 2001 , whence SEG , 51.2213.


Βασίλισσαν Ἀρσινόην θεὰ[ν Φιλάδελφον], τὴν Πτολεμαίου καὶ Βερενίκης, [θεῶν Σωτήρων], ( vac. ) ἡ πόλις [( vac. )].


French translation

(La statue de la) reine Arsinoè, Déesse [Philadelphe], fille de Ptolémée et de Bérénice, [Dieux Sôtères] (a été érigée par) la cité.

English translation

(The statue of) queen Arsinoe, Goddess [Philadelphos], daughter of Ptolemy and of Berenice, [Gods Soteres] (has been dedicated by) the city.

Italian translation

(La statua della) regina Arsinoe, Dea [Filadelfo], figlia di Tolemeo e di Berenice, [Dèi Soteri] (è stata eretta dalla) città.

Arabic translation

Arabic translation

تمثال الملكة آرسينوي، المؤلهة [فيلادلفوس]، ابنة بطليموس وبيرنيكي، [المؤلهين سوتيرس]، (كان قد نُصبَ) من قبل المدينه.


At Ptolemais there are three similar bases for members of the Lagid family (IGCyr033700, IGCyr033800 and IGCyr084300), which were re-used in the same Roman monument that seems to lay upon the foundations of a Hellenistic monumental base to which they probably all belonged, perhaps along with a fourth one, now lost. The Roman monument is part of the so-called Square of the Cisterns, which may have been formerly either the gymnasium ( Stucchi, 1975 , p. 128, footnote 3) or the agora ( Laronde, 1987 , p. 398).

The present dedication may have been erected earlier than the two others, which, as Criscuolo, 2001 established, were modelled on it between 168 and 164 B.C. in order to form a monumental base. However, the lettering does not show a span of time as long as one century (Arsinoe died in 270).

It is not clear whether the city mentioned at l. 3 might have been still Barka and not yet Ptolemais, for the cult of Arsinoe was specially developed in harbours and not necessarily in the city-centre; however, as we now know that Ptolemais was founded probably after 260 ( Laronde, 1987 , p. 398) and certainly before 251 ( Mueller, 2004 ), it is highly plausible that the dedication to Arsinoe was erected by the city of Ptolemais in a prominent place.

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