Public honors for an officer of Ptolemy IV and Arsinoe III


Trismegistos ID: 6099

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, 14.


Fragment of a white marble circular base, broken at right and left and behind (0.135; -; circumference 0.085; diameter 0.012).


Inscribed on the surface.


0.015; neatly cut, light serifs.

Place of Origin



Between 221 and 204 B.C. (reign)


Found in 1955 at Cyrene : exact findspot unrecorded.

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1979 in Shahat : Cyrene Museum .

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Fraser, 1958 , p. 112, n. 5, pl. XII, 5, whence SEG , 18.732. Cf. PP 15776; Laronde, 1987 , p. 417, whence SEG 38.1882.


[c. 7]  Βοΐσκ̣[ω ---]  [c. 6] ἀρετᾶ[ς ἕνεκα καὶ εὐνοίας τᾶς ἐς βασιλῆ] Πτολε[μαῖον καὶ βασίλισσαν Ἀρσινόαν θεὸς Φι]λοπάτορ[ας καὶ τὸν υἱὸν αὐτῶν] 5Κ̣[υραναῖοι].


1 Fraser, 1958  [---]  : Laronde, 1987  [Λιβυάρχαν?]

4 [καὶ τὸν υἱὸν αὐτῶν] (A. Bencivenni's reading.) Fraser, 1958  [καὶ τὰ τέκνα αὐτῶν]

French translation

(La statue de) [c. 7]  fils de Boïskos [(titre aulique)] a été consacrée par les Cyrénéens en raison de sa valeur [et de son dévouement envers le roi] Ptolémée [et la reine Arsinoé], Dieux Philopatores, [ainsi que leur fils].

English translation

(The statue of) [c. 7]  son of Boiskos [(his title)] was dedicated by the Cyreaeans, in respect of his valour [and his goodwilling towards king]Ptolemy [and queen Arsinoe], Gods Philopatores, [and also their son].

Italian translation

(La statua di) [c. 7]  figlio di Boiskos [(titolo aulico)] è stata dedicata dai Cirenei in considerazione del suo valore [e della sua dedizione verso il re] Tolemeo [e la regina Arsinoe], Dèi Filopatori, [e i loro figli].


Fraser's restorations are based on two facts: the length of the lines, inferred from the place of the only letter surviving of l. 5, and the preserved epithet Philopator.

However, at l. 4 our restoration is based on the fact that only one son, the future Ptolemy V Epiphanes, is known for the royal couple.

For the possible title Λιβυάρχας, see Laronde, 1987 , p. 417.

It is a mere possibility that the father Boiskos was related to Kallikrates son of Boiskos, a nauarch of Ptolemy Philadelphus (so Fraser, 1958 , p. 112, n. 5 and Laronde, 1987 , p. 417).

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