OGIS: 114


Greek text:   DeThèbes_188   ,   (B) DeThèbes_190
Provenance:     Omboi , Upper Egypt
Date:   (A) c. 160-155 B.C.   ,   (B) c. 131-124 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

Inscription A was placed on the lintel of the shrine of Haroeris in the great Ptolemaic temple at Kom Ombo. It shows that some work in the temple was privately sponsored by local soldiers, rather than directly funded by the king.   Inscription B, which was not included by Dittenberger, shows that the local soldiers continued to take an active interest in the temple.

For a discussion of both inscriptions, see G. Dietze, in "Politics, Administration and Society in the Hellenistic and Roman World", pp.85-87 ( Google Books ); and C. Fischer-Bovet, "Army and Society in Ptolemaic Egypt", pp.339-340 ( Google Books ).

[A]   On behalf of king Ptolemaios and queen Kleopatra his sister, the gods Philometores, and their children, this shrine was dedicated to Haroeris the great god, to Apollo and to the gods who share the temple with them, by the infantrymen and the cavalrymen and the other men who are stationed in the Ombite nome, on account of their goodwill towards the men.

[B]   [This altar] was dedicated to [king Ptolemaios and] queen Kleopatra his wife, [the gods Euergetai, and to Souchos] the very great [god], and to the [gods] who share the temple with them, by the infantry and cavalry forces [stationed in the nome and by all the other men], on behalf of Menandros son of Mikros, [one of the chief bodyguards], the hipparch in command of the men and [oikonomos] of the royal land and [epistatēs of the] Ombite nome, and Mikros his son, who is [also one] of the hipparchs [of the detachment] in command of the men, and Ptolemaios . . . on account of their virtue and the goodwill which [they have continually had since the time when they were put] in charge of affairs and which . . . of meeting . . .

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