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CRETAN SOLDIERS HONOUR PTOLEMAIOS VI

Greek text:   IDelos_1518
Date:   c. 154 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

In 154 B.C. Ptolemy VI of Egypt attacked his rebellious brother Ptolemy Euergetes in Cyprus, and forced him to surrender. As this inscription makes clear, there was a large contingent of Cretans in the king's army.   The translation is adapted from E.R.Bevan, "The House of Ptolemy", pp.301-2.


. . . pardon for the offences committed [throughout the kingdom] . . . to treat him as a kinsman [and friend], and the king being, in accordance with previous actions in regard to him, holy and pious, and the most humane of all men, he made friendship [and] peace, showing a great spirit in all his dealings, making it a chief object of his policy to gratify the Romans. In order, therefore, that those who fought as the allies of king Ptolemaios in Cyprus, and had a share in the glory, may be shown to pay regard to fine and memorable actions, and not forget the benefits bestowed upon their several native cities, but [always] to render the gratitude [which such benefits deserve towards the benefactors]; with good fortune, it is resolved [to praise] king Ptolemaios, [and to crown him with a golden crown], and to set up [two bronze statues of him], the most beautiful possible, [one in Delos, and the other] in Crete, in [the city] appointed [by the league] . . .

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