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This basalt slab is inscribed with a copy of the bilingual Decree promulgated by the whole of the priesthood of Egypt assembled at Memphis, in the ninth year of the reign of Ptolemy V Epiphanes (B.C. 196), to celebrate the first commemoration of the coronation of the king, who was not crowned until the eighth year of his reign. The decree is written in two forms of Egyptian writing, i.e., hieroglyphic and demotic, and in Greek; it enumerates the good works of the king, and orders that additional honours be paid to him
and his ancestors, B.M. No. 44.
OF EGYPTIAN FUNERARY
SIR E. A. WALLIS BUDGE, KT.
M.A., LITT. D., D.LITT., D.LIT., F.S.A.
TO THE MEMORY OF
JOHN PEILE, LITT.D.
A mark of gratitude & regard