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OGIS: 17


AN ALTAR OF ATHENE AND PTOLEMAIOS AT LAPETHOS, CYPRUS

Greek text:   LBW_3.2778
Date:   early 3rd century B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

This bilingual inscription - in Greek and Phoenician - shows the mixture of cultures that could occur in Ptolemaic garrisons. The Greek goddess Athene is equated with the Semitic goddess Anat.   Dittenberger noted that the combination in the Greek text of dative case (for Athene) and genitive (of Ptolemaios) is strange, but they must be taken together.


With good fortune; Praxidemos son of Sesmas set up this altar for Athene Nike the Saviour and of king Ptolemaios.

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