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Egyptian Texts:  5.13


STATUE OF ARSINOE II


Text:   Chicago OI 10518   [ TM 5984 ]
Provenance:   Thebes
Date:   270-246 B.C.
Script:   Hieroglyphic
Translated by:   E. Teeter
Format:   see key to translations

After the death of Arsinoe, her brother/husband Ptolemy II ordered that she should be worshipped as a goddess, and statues of her were set up in many Egyptian temples. This statue base is unusual in having a bilingual inscription, although the Greek version consists of only two words.

The translation is taken from E. Teeter, "Ancient Egypt", p 106.( PDF ).



1   The great soul, daughter of Amun, god's wife, sister of the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Lord of the Two Lands, User-ka-re-mery-amun, daughter of Amun, Arsinoē.
2   The great benefactor, beloved of Rê, wife of the king, son of Rê, lord of Appearances Ptolemy, daughter of Amun, Arsinoē.
3   The lady, beloved of Ptah, royal sister of the King of Upper and Lower Egypt, Lord of the Two Lands, User-ka-re-mery-amun, daughter of Amun, Arsinoē.
4   The wise, beloved of Thoth, royal daughter of the Lord of the Two Lands Setep-en-re- mery-amun, Lord of Appearances, Ptolemy, daughter of Amun Arsinoē.
5   The beloved of Amun-Rê, Lord of the Thrones of the Two Lands, the foremost of Karnak, beloved of Mut the great, Mistress of Isheru, and beloved of Khonsu in Thebes, Nefer-hotep.

(Greek)   Of Arsinoē Philadelphos.


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