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Translations of Hellenistic Inscriptions: 65


EXEDRA AT THERMOS, DEDICATED TO THE FAMILY OF PTOLEMAIOS


Greek text:   IG_9.1².56
Date:   c. 238 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

During the reign of Ptolemaios Euergetes, the Aetolians constructed an exedra in their religious centre at Thermos, with statues of the members of the Ptolemaic royal family. The reconstruction below is taken from L.Moretti, "Iscrizioni Storiche Ellenistiche" ( 2.86 ). The letters in the reconstruction refer to the parts of the inscription translated below. Some scholars suggest that the missing name (in part F) was Lysimachos: Ptolemaios Euergetes had a brother called Lysimachos, and he could have had a son of the same name, though this son is not mentioned anywhere else.

For the date of the monument, see Chris Bennett, "The Children of Ptolemy III and the Date of the Exedra of Thermos" ( ZPE, 2002 - JSTOR ). Elizabeth Kosmetatou, in a discussion of similar monument at Delphi ( "Remarks on a Delphic Ptolemaic Dynastic Group Monument" - academia.edu ), reasonably points out that the date cannot be considered certain; but J.B.Scholten ( "Politics of Plunder", p.138 - Google Books ) shows that it would fit the context of improving relations between the Ptolemaic kingdom and the Aetolians.




[A]   King Ptolemaios of Macedonia, the son of king Ptolemaios

[B]   Ptolemaios of Macedonia, the son of king Ptolemaios

[C]   Queen Berenike of Macedonia, the daughter of king Magas

[D]   Queen Arsinoē of Macedonia, the daughter of king Ptolemaios

[E]   Queen Berenike of Macedonia, the daughter of king Ptolemaios

[F]   . . . of Macedonia, the son of king Ptolemaios

[G]   Alexandros of Macedonia, the son of king Ptolemaios

[H]   Magas of Macedonia, the son of king Ptolemaios

[I]   The league of the Aetolians dedicated these statues of them on account of their virtue and their benefactions towards the Aetolian nation and the other Greeks.

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