Public honors for Ptolemy VIII


Trismegistos ID: 6017

Source Description


Limestone block, probably belonging to the same monument as IGCyr033700 and IGCyr084300; chipped out on all sides and especially below; inscribed surface in bad condition; reused in Roman times (1.17; 0.28; -).


Inscribed in four lines centered along vertical axis.


0.05; carefully cut, similar to IGCyr084300, especially alpha, pi, eta and phi.

Place of Origin

Ptolemais .


Between 168 and 164 B.C. (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, 4th block from right.

Last recorded Location

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

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Letronne in Pacho, 1827 , pl. 74 and pp. 397-399 (= Letronne, 1828 , pp. 259-261), whence CIG 5185; OGIS 124, and Oliverio, 1932-1933 , pp. 42-45, n. 2, fig. 6, whence SEG , 9.358.

Cf. Laronde, 1987 , p. 398 and p.483; Lanciers, 1988 , pp. 430-431; Paci, 1996 , whence SEG , 46.2214; Criscuolo, 2001 , whence SEG , 51.2213.


[Β]ασιλέα Π̣τολεμαῖον, τὸν β̣α̣σ̣ιλέ̣[ως] Πτολεμαίου καὶ [βα]σιλίσσ[η]ς Κλεο̣-πάτρας, ἀδελφόν, θεὸν [Φ]ιλομήτορα, (vac. 7) ἡ π[ό]λ̣ις [(vac. 7)].


French translation

(La statue) du roi Ptolémée, fils du roi Ptolémée et de la reine Cléopatre, le frère, Dieu Philomètôr, (a été érigée par) la cité.

English translation

(The statue of) king Ptolemy, son of king Ptolemy and of queen Cleopatra, the brother, God Philometor, (has been dedicated by) the city.

Italian translation

(La statua del) re Tolemeo, figlio del re Tolemeo e della regina Cleopatra, il fratello, Dio Filometore, (è stata eretta dalla) città.


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).

This base has long been thought to mention king Ptolemy VI Philometor; after the publication of IGCyr084300, it appears ( Criscuolo, 2001 ) that the latter was dedicated to him, while the present one honoured his younger brother, associated as king with him and their sister Cleopatra, whence the date.

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