Honors for a Ptolemaic officer


Trismegistos ID: 6103

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, 13.


Fragment of a white marble base, carefully recut on top when being re-used, broken at left and below (0.26; 0.10;0.20).


Inscribed at 0.025 from present upper edge; the letters are packed together.


0.023; serifs, sigma with parallel outer strokes, narrow alpha with straight bar.

Place of Origin



Late second century to 96 B.C. (lettering)


Found before 1956 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. 118, n. 10, pl. XIII, 10, whence SEG , 18.736.


- - - - - - [---]  [ἀρ]ε̣τᾶς ἕνεκα [καὶ εὐνοίας τᾶς ἐς βασιλῆ Π]τολεμαῖον [καὶ βασίλισσαν Κλευπάτραν ---]  - - - - - -.


2 τᾶς ἐς : Fraser, 1958  [ἃς ἔχων διατελεῖ ἐς?]

French translation

(La statue de) [---]  (a été consacrée par)  [---]  en raison de sa valeur [et de son dévouement à l'égard du roi] Ptolémée [et de la reine Cléopatre]  [---] .

English translation

(The statue of) [---]  (was dedicated by)  [---]  on account of his valour [and his goodwilling towards king] Ptolemy [and queen Cleopatra]  [---] .

Italian translation

[La statua di ---]  (è stata dedicata da)  [---]  in considerazione del suo valore [e della sua dedizione nei confronti del re] Tolemeo [e della regina Cleopatra]  [---] .


Fragment of the dedication of a statue in honour of some dignitary having served under a Ptolemy, similar in formulation with IGCyr063300, IGCyr063100 and IGCyr063200 and probably the latest of the series, to judge from the lettering. Hence the name Cleopatra restored at line 4. But which Ptolemy and which Cleopatra can not be decided.

The parallels in formulation allow to consider either that the remaining piece was a part of a very wide base, bearing in the lost part a personal name and patronymic or that the stone was recut and some preceding lines thus lost. The latter seems more plausible because there is no hole for attachment on the present upper face. However, in case the former should be right, the longer restoration proposed by Fraser would be preferable at l. 3.

The parallels in monument-type would probably lead to admit only one line missing on top and one below. But this should not be pushed forward.

The inventory number shows that the stone was already part of the epigraphic collection at the time of the reorganization of the Cyrenaean antiquities after World War II care of Goodchild (from 1956 on) and before Fraser observed it. It may well have been found already during the last years of the Italian period.

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