Epitaph of Archo


Trismegistos ID: 738900

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, 234.


White marble base with plain moulding above and below, broken off at left back, chipped off at right and at upper moulding (now lost); the front face is peeling, especially below so that probably two lines are now lost (0.665; 0.24;0.42).


Inscribed on front face (0.655; 0.13;).


0.02; dotted theta, slanting mu and sigma, symmetrical nu, rho with small loop, slightly smaller circular letters.

Place of Origin



Late fourth or early third century B.C. (lettering)


Found at Cyrene : plausibly from one Necropolis .

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1976 and in 1982 in Shahat : Cyrene Museum .

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Dobias-Lalou-Gwaider, 1997 , pp. 25-29, n. 2 (with photograph), whence SEG , 47.2173. Cf. CEG , n. 682 (when not yet published), whence SEG , 39.1723.


| Mνῆμα ἀρετῆς τόδε ἔθηκε | Φίλων Ἀρχοῖ συνομεύνωι

| [.............] Α̣Ι [.....]  |  [c. 17 - 18]ωι.


3 Dobias-Lalou-Gwaider, 1997  Α̣Ι : CEG  +Ι

French translation

Philôn a fait faire cette (base) pour son épouse Arkhô comme souvenir de sa valeur  [---] .

English translation

Philon laid down this (base) for his wife Archo as a record of her virtue  [---] .

Italian translation

Philon pose questa (base) per sua moglie Archò in memoria della sua virtù  [---] .


The poetic word συνόμευνος is a super-compound based upon two compounds in literary texts: σύνευνος and ὅμευνος.

Metrical analysis: the poem was made of one hexameter at text-lines 1-2, followed probably by a pentameter (or another hexameter) now lost at text-lines 3-4.

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