This monograph presents a translation, commentary and
interpretation of the bilingual monumental Stele of Ptolemy VIII
Euergetes II, which stood in the temple district of
Heracleion-Thonis in the north-western Nile Delta of Egypt. The six
metre high stele was erected sometime between either 141/140 and
131 or 124 and 116 BC and was discovered during the excavations of
the European Institute of Underwater Archaeology. Unfortunately
immersion in the sea has damaged the surface of the stele and
little of the Greek text can be made out. Nevertheless much of the
hieroglyphic portion of the document can be read and interpreted.
It is laid out in traditional style complete with a royal protocol
and eulogy and contains information about the local affairs of the
priests of Heracleion.
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