Public honors for Ptolemy VI Philometor


Trismegistos ID: 738398

Source Description


Left part of a limestone block, probably belonging to the same monument as IGCyr033700 and IGCyr033800, reused in Roman times (0.56; 0.37;not available).


Inscribed on the face; lines centered along vertical axis.


0.045; carefully cut, similar to IGCyr033800, especially alpha, pi, eta and phi.

Place of Origin

Ptolemais .


Between 168 and 164 B.C. (reign)


Found between 1935 and 1942 at Ptolemais : re-used in rostra at Square of the Cisterns .

Later recorded Location

Seen by A. Laronde between 1974 and 1990.

Last recorded Location

Seen by G. Paci in 1981.

Present Location

Not seen by IGCyr team.

Text constituted from

Transcription from previous editors.


Paci, 1996 (ph.), whence SEG , 46.2214; Criscuolo, 2001 , whence SEG , 51.2213. Cf. Caputo, 1954 , p. 66, footnote 7.


Βασιλέα Πτο[λεμαῖον θεὸν] Φιλομήτορα τ[ὸν Πτολεμαίου] καὶ Κλεοπάτρας [θεῶν Ἐπιφανῶν] (vac. 7) ἡ πόλις [(vac. 7)]


2 Criscuolo, 2001  Φιλομήτορα τ[ὸν Πτολεμαίου] : Paci, 1996  Φιλομήτορα Π[τολεμαίου]

3 Criscuolo, 2001  [θεῶν Ἐπιφανῶν] : Paci, 1996  [ἀδελφόν]

French translation

(La statue) du roi Ptolémée, Dieu Philomètôr, fils de Ptolémée et Cléopatre, Dieux Epiphanes, (a été consacrée), par la cité.

English translation

(The statue) of king Ptolemy, God Philometor, son of Ptolemy and Cleopatra, Gods Epiphaneis (was dedicated)by the city.

Italian translation

(La statua) del re Tolemeo, Dio Filometore, figlio di Tolemeo e Cleopatra, Dèi Epifani (è stata dedicata) dalla città.


There are at Ptolemais three similar bases for members of the Lagid family (IGCyr033700, IGCyr033800 and this one), which were re-used in a same Roman monument, that seems to lay upon the foundations of a Hellenistic monumental base to which they probably belonged, perhaps along with a fourth one, now lost. The Roman Square of the Cisterns may have been formerly either the gymnasium ( Stucchi, 1975 , pp. 128, 130) or the agora ( Laronde, 1987 , p. 398).

This base was first thought to mention king Ptolemy VIII Physcon; Criscuolo, 2001 has shown that it was dedicated to Ptolemy VI Philometor, while IGCyr033800 honoured his younger brother Ptolemy VIII, associated as king with Ptolemy VI and their sister Cleopatra.

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