Private honors for Ptolemy IX Soter II by Stolos


Trismegistos ID: 6098

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, 345.


Pink and blue marble circular base with cuttings for statue on top, re-used after turning the stone upside down (height 0.31; diameter 0.6); the former use was for IGCyr063010, of which the text was erased, but for the artist's signature.


Inscribed on vertical side, opposite to IGCyr063010.


0.03; slight serifs.

Place of Origin



Between 108 and 103 B.C. (reign)


Found in 1936 at Cyrene : in the agora .

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1977 Shahat : Cyrene Museum .

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Fraser, 1958 , pp. 113-115, n. 7, pl. XIII, 7, whence SEG , 18.730 (only side a); Pugliese Carratelli-Oliverio, 1961 , p. 31, n. 11, figs. 21-22 (from †Oliverio's papers), whence SEG , 20.725. Cf. Bagnall, 1972 ; Mooren, 1975 , n. 0372; Mooren, 1977 , pp. 186-188; Hauben, 1977 ; Laronde, 1987 , pp. 445-446, 462, whence SEG , 38.1899; Criscuolo, 2011 , p. 137, footnote 22; Rosamilia, 2014 , n. 9 and fig. 9 (for the re-use).


Βασιλέα Πτολεμαῖον θεὸν Σωτῆρα τὸν ἐγ βασιλέως Πτολεμαίου τοῦ δευτέρου Εὐεργέτου Στόλος τῶν πρώτων φίλων καὶ ἀρχεδέατρος 5εὐνοίας ἕνεκεν τῆς εἰς αὑτόν.


French translation

(Statue du) roi Ptolémée, Dieu Sôter, fils du roi Ptolémée second Evergète (consacrée) par Stolos, des Premiers Amis, archedeatros (i.e. intendant en chef), en raison de sa générosité à son égard.

English translation

(Statue of) king Ptolemy, God Soter, son of king Ptolemy the second Euergetes (dedicated) by Stolos, of the First Friends, archedeatros (i.e. chief stewart), on behalf of his well-doing towards himself.

Italian translation

(Statua del) re Tolemeo, Dio Sotere, figlio del re Tolemeo Evergete secondo, (dedicata) da Stolos, dei Primi Amici, archedeatros (i.e. capo maggiordomo), in considerazione della benevolenza nei suoi confronti.


The base was re-used and the artist's signature related to the first use was not erased. However, as it stood at the rear of the base and as its letters were upside down, it should not be mentioned as a part of the present monument.

This inscription and IGCyr015900, 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 proposed for the Cyrenaean dedications a date between 108 and 103 B.C.; Hauben, 1977 , who explored the possibility that he was a born a Cyrenaean and granted Athenian citizenship. On behalf of his aulic title and office Mooren, 1977 , pp. 186-188 considers this inscription as dating from 108 B.C., somewhat earlier in the year than IGCyr015900, where he is also 'in charge of the reins'.

The findspot and date of discovery are known from a recently published report of excavations (see Luni, 2014 , p. 153). Quite normally, honors for the king were exposed on the agora.

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