Private honors for Ptolemy VIII Euergetes II


Trismegistos ID: 6105

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, 12.


Top left angle of a white marble panel, whose surface is chipped off (0.165; 0.15;0.055).


Inscribed on the face.


0.015; carefully cut with thickening ends; dropped bar alpha, non-slanting sigma.

Place of Origin



Between 145 and 116 B.C. (reign)


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 , pp. 115-116, n. 8, pl. XIII, 8, whence SEG , 18.738. Cf. Lanciers, 1988 , pp. 431-433, whence SEG , 38.1671.


Ὑπὲρ βασιλ[έως Πτολεμαίου] θεοῦ Εὐεργ[έτου τὴν ---]  καὶ τὰ συ[νκύροντα καὶ τὰ ἐν] αὐτῆι π̣[άντα ---]  ( vac. ).


2 [τὴν ---]  : Fraser, 1958  [τὴν προσευχὴν] : Fraser, 1958  [τὴν ζωθήκην]

4 [---]  : Fraser, 1958  [οἱ Ἰουδαῖοι?]

French translation

En faveur du roi Ptolémée, Dieu Evergète, la  [---]  et ses annexes et tout ce qu'elle contient [ont été consacrés par]  [---] .

English translation

For the prosperity of king Ptolemy, God Euergetes, the  [---]  and its annexes and all that it contains [were dedicated by]  [---] .

Italian translation

Per il re Tolemeo, Dio Evergete, la  [---]  e i suoi annessi e tutto ciò che essa contiene [sono stati dedicati da]  [---] .


Fraser suspected that the word missing at line 2, a feminine as inferred from the following αὐτήν should be a building, possibly a 'synagogue' or a 'chapel' which would lead to suspect Jews to be the dedicants mentioned at line 4. This idea is rejected by Lanciers ( Lanciers, 1988 , pp. 431-433).

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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