Private honors for king Ptolemy IX Soter II


Trismegistos ID: 44180

Source Description


Apollonia Museum, inv. number unknown.


Fragment of a white marble base, broken off all around, (as preserved 0.515; 0.30;0.365); re-cut later with a central hole in the inscribed face, forming a small basin (diameter 0.085).


Inscribed on front face (0.455; 0.28;).


0.023-0.025; small serifs, upper part of upsilon widely open, non-slanting sigma, theta with small central dot.

Place of Origin

Port of Cyrene, later Apollonia .


Between 108 and 103 B.C. (reign, prosopography)


Found plausibly before 1935 in the Port of Cyrene, later Apollonia : in the West Church .

Later recorded Location

Seen by G. Pugliese Carratelli in 1960 at the same place.

Later recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1976 in the Port of Cyrene, later Apollonia : outside the North-Eastern angle of West Church .

Last recorded Location

Seen again in 2004 in the Port of Cyrene, later Apollonia : Apollonia Museum .

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


SECir , 204 (no image); Hauben in Hauben-Van't Dack, 1971 , pp. 33-34; Robert, Bulletin Épigraphique , 1972.622; Bagnall, 1972 ; Reynolds, 1976 , pp. 305-306, n. 24, whence SEG , 27.1126. Cf. Mooren, 1975 , n. 0372; Mooren, 1977 , pp. 186-188; Hauben, 1977 ; Laronde, 1987 , pp. 446, 462; Criscuolo, 2011 , p. 137, footnote 22.


[Βασιλέα Πτολεμ]αῖον̣ [θεὸν Σω]-[τῆρα βασι]λέως Πτολε̣[μαίου τοῦ] δ̣ευτ̣[έρ]ου Εὐερ[γέτου Στόλ]ος Θέ[ωνος ὁ συ]γ̣γ[ένης] 5[καὶ] ἐ̣πισ[τολαγράφος καὶ ἀρχεδέατρος καὶ] ναύαρ̣[χος καὶ ἐπὶ τῶν ἡνιῶν εὐερ]γ̣ε̣[σ]ί[ας ἕνεκεν τῆς εἰς ἑαυτόν] - - - - - -


1 Bagnall, 1972  [Βασιλέα Πτολεμ]αῖον̣ [θεὸν Σω] : SECir  [---] [Πτολεμ?]αῖον̣ : Hauben-Van't Dack, 1971  [Βασιλέα Πτολεμ]αῖον̣ [Σωτῆρα]

2 Bagnall, 1972  [τῆρα βασι]λέως Πτολε̣[μαίου] : SECir  [---]  [βασι]λέως Πτολε̣[μαίου ---]  : Hauben-Van't Dack, 1971  [τὸν ἐγ βασι]λέως

3 Hauben-Van't Dack, 1971  [τοῦ] δ̣ευτ̣[έρ]ου Εὐερ[γέτου] : SECir  [---]  +Ε̣Υ+ [...] ΟΥ Εὐερ[γετ]

4 Hauben-Van't Dack, 1971  [Στόλ]ος Θέ[ωνος ὁ συ]γ̣γ[ένης] : SECir  [---] Ο̣ΣΟ+ [---]  + [---] 

5 Hauben-Van't Dack, 1971  [καὶ] ἐ̣πίσ[τολαγράφος καὶ ἀρχεδέατρος?] : SECir  [---]  +ΠΙΣ[---] 

6 Hauben-Van't Dack, 1971  [καὶ] ναύαρ̣[χος καὶ ἐπὶ τῶν ἡνίων?] : SECir  [---]  ναυαρ̣[χ] : Bagnall, 1972  [καὶ] ναύαρ̣[χος εὐεργεσίας]

7 Reynolds, 1976  [εὐερ]γ̣ε̣[σ]ί[ας ἕνεκεν τῆς εἰς ἑαυτόν] : SECir  [---] ΓΗ[---]  : Bagnall, 1972  [ἕνεκεν] τ̣ῆ[ς εἰς ἑαυτόν]

French translation

(La statue du) roi Ptolémée, Dieu Sôtèr, fils du roi Ptolémée, le second Evergète, (a été consacrée), par Stolos fils de Théôn, son Parent, épistolographos (i.e. secrétaire), arkhédéatros (i.e. intendant en chef), navarque, préposé aux rênes, en raison de sa bienveillance envers lui.

English translation

(The statue of) king Ptolemy, God Soter, son of Ptolemy, the second Euergetes, (was dedicated) by Stolos son of Theon, his Akin, epistolographos (i.e. secretary), archedeatros (i.e. chief steward), navarch, in charge of the reins, on behalf of his benevolence towards himself.

Italian translation

(La statua del) re Tolemeo, Dio Sotere, figlio del re Tolemeo, Evergete secondo, (è stata dedicata) da Stolos figlio di Theon, Parente, epistolographos (i.e. segretario), archedeatros (i.e. capo maggiordomo), navarco, preposto alle briglie, in considerazione della benevolenza verso di lui.


Pugliese Carratelli (SECir , 204) described the stone at the very place where it still laid in 1976, before being brought into the Museum for preservation. On that basis, Reynolds, who had not found it, argued that it had probably been found before 1935 and thus should have come from the Eastern Church, the only one excavated by the Italians before World War II (so again in Ward-Perkins-Goodchild-Reynolds, 2003 , p. 57). In fact, Pugliese Carratelli had only a copy of the stone coming from Oliverio's papers and checked the stone to complete the publication on occasion of his own visit to Cyrenaica in 1960. The date of the find is thus before 1935, but not necessarily related to real excavations. The most probable is a chance find during the Italian period in the area of the West Church. Anyhow, as the stone was re-used, maybe for a stoup, its original place cannot be guessed.

On Stolos, the Athenian admiral, see Bagnall, 1972 , who proposed for the Cyrenaean dedications a date between 108 and 103 B.C., and Hauben, 1977 , who explored the possibility that he was a born Cyrenaean and later granted Athenian citizenship. Mooren, 1977 , pp. 187-188 explains why Stolos had the title syggenes ('Akin').

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