Detail of Stela of Ptolemy IX & Cleopatra III

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 26 July 2016

Greek texts were incised on this granite stela. It documents a royal visit to Elephantine. Ptolemy IX and Cleopatra III, his mother and co-regent, granted privileges to the priests of Khnum, a local ram god. There are hieroglyphic inscriptions on the stela, but the main text is in Greek, the official tongue under the Ptolemies. Ptolemaic Period, reign of Ptolemy IX, 115 BCE. From Aswan, presumably from Elephantine, temple of Khnum, Egypt. (The British Museum, London).



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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