Pausanius Tangle 1.9.1 and the conversations surrounding it
Following is the text where Pausanius is talking about a situation with a Ptolemy. After some sleuthing I discovered who he was talking about but there is a discrepancy in the description. He says the Ptolemy in question is Philometor, but my research tells me that it is actually Ptolemy IX Lathyrus, rather than Philometor. Additionally, the Alexander in question is Ptolemy X Alexander, and the Cleopatra is Cleopatra III.
Before I create unique ID's for what would be new additions to the PERS, I wanted to get your feedback on this. Even though Pausanius is wrong, it seems that I have accumulated the correct information. I thought that I would create the ID's and Events etc. and leave a comment in the markup/blog that there is a discrepancy between Pausanius' records and others records.
However, maybe you would prefer I approach this differently?
1.9.1 The one called Philometor is eighth in descent from Ptolemy son of Lagus, and his surname was given him in sarcastic mockery, for we know of none of the kings who was so hated by his mother. Although he was the eldest of her children she would not allow him to be called to the throne, but prevailed on his father before the call came to send him to Cyprus. Among the reasons assigned for Cleopatra's enmity towards her son is her expectation that Alexander the younger of her sons would prove more subservient, and this consideration induced her to urge the Egyptians to choose Alexander as king.
1.9.2When the people offered opposition, she dispatched Alexander for the second time to Cyprus, ostensibly as general, but really because she wished by his means to make Ptolemy more afraid of her. Finally she covered with wounds those eunuchs she thought best disposed, and presented them to the people, making out that she was the victim of Ptolemy's machinations, and that he had treated the eunuchs in such a fashion. The people of Alexandria rushed to kill Ptolemy, and when he escaped on board a ship, made Alexander, who returned from Cyprus, their king.
1.9.3Retribution for the exile of Ptolemy came upon Cleopatra's, for she was put to death by Alexander, whom she herself had made to be king of the Egyptians. When the deed was discovered, and Alexander fled in fear of the citizens, Ptolemy returned and for the second time assumed control ofEgypt. He made war against the Thebans, who had revolted, reduced them two years after the revolt, and treated them so cruelly that they were left not even a memorial of their former prosperity, which had so grown that they surpassed in wealth the richest of the Greeks, the sanctuary of Delphiand the Orchomenians. Shortly after this Ptolemy met with his appointed fate, and the Athenians, who had been benefited by him in many ways which I need not stop to relate, set up a bronze likeness of him and of Berenice, his only legitimate child.
Here are my sources apart from Wikipedia
Yes, do what you said: mark up Pausanias as you ordinarily would, but leave a comment in the blog. But - this to Greg - is there some way of notifying the site user that Pausanias is wrong here? I mean, a comment on that section of the text perhaps?
That's something that we've discussed on and off for a while. We've avoided offering opinions in the past, but Pausanias kind of forces our hand, doesn't he? I'll try to figure something out. The issue on my end will be, where is the note being appended? Do we need the ability to add a note to both texts AND standoff markup (like personography, events, etc.)?
In the meantime, I think that an internal comment is sufficient.
**Note** The aforementioned comment can be found in Pausanius 1.9.1
**Note** I created distinct ID's for both Cleopatra III (CLEO27) and her second son, Alexander(PTOL9). (Who is Ptolemy X Alexander I in the sources I referenced).
**Note** I have created the character of Ptolemy IX Lathyros in the pers., though I have not linked him to anything (except Berenice). He was created in order to create and add the correct Berenice (BERE2) as his daughter. He is PTOL10, and the description is correct but I have left the Ptolemy Pausanius (wrongly) refers to in the actual text as Ptolemy Philometor for synchronicity until it is decided otherwise.
March 23, 2017: We are treating all the known errors in the text as "truth", as in we are reproducing an ancient text that represents the truth of the person writing it. Therefore, in Pausanius' text, Pausanius' truth stands.