5.2. The names of the emperor's (pharaoh's) ancestors

Taking into consideration that the decree on the stone was ordered in the time of Pharaoh Ptolemy V, the names of all his 4 ancestors were found (father, grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather). They were put in the second and third row, as well as in the 22nd row of the text in ancient Macedonian language. The order of mentioning the ancestors at the end of the second line and the beginning of the third one begins with the eldest (the founder of the dynasty, Alexander's General Soter) and it ends with the name of the pharaoh's father. Mentioning the ancestors in the 22nd row starts with the name of the pharaoh's father, and ends with the first in the dynasty (emperor's great-great grandfather).

The following are the names:


1) The meaning of the name Soteres (Sotir) is to this day Savour, Hero
2) The meaning of the name Eurgetai is Founder of church/monastery, Sponsor, Benefactor

In the second and third line, where the ancestor have been mentioned from the eldest to the pharaoh's father, among their names the noun ДЕЦА [detsa] (equivalent to English children) has the meaning of successors. As a result of that, in original we find the following text:

We have pointed this out because of the fact the beginning of the third line is missing because that part of the stone is broken off. By emphasizing this, we want to demonstrate and stress what must have stood in that place originally. This is marked by a rectangle with a broken line and filled with color in the part of the restoration of the original text giving the ancestor's names. It is important to point out that this way of mentioning a person's ancestors is absolutely identical with the way it is done in the Bible.