Dedication to Opheles


Trismegistos ID: 738105

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, Storeroom of the Italian missions, A60 B2c.


Six adjacent fragments of a late-Rhodian ware cup (diameter 0.12).


Graffito on the inner wall, to be read from outside.


Height unknown.

Place of Origin



First half of the sixth century B.C. (monument-type)


Found in 1960 at Cyrene : agora , in a sounding beneath future Temple of Asklepios , in the same area as IGCyr000450.

Present Location

Not seen by IGCyr team.

Text constituted from

Transcription from editor (CDL).


Gasperini, 1965 , pp. 46-48, pl. X, fig. 10b (= Gasperini, 2008 , pp. 2-4); Gasperini, 1967 , pp. 165-166, n. 1, fig. 185 (= Gasperini, 2008 , p. 76, pl. I, fig. 1); Dobias-Lalou, 1970 , pp. 239-240, n. 6. Cf. Parisi Presicce, 2007 , pp. 249-250, whence SEG , 57.2001; Marengo, 2016 , p. 167.


  ← [---]  Ἀπίō Ὀφέλει


1 [---]  Ἀπίō : Gasperini, 1965  [---] λπίο

French translation

[Untel] fils d'Apios pour Ophélès.

English translation

[So-and-so] son of Apios for Opheles.

Italian translation

[Il tale] figlio di Apios per Opheles.


Gasperini's assembling and reading seem cautious and meaningful. Opheles is plausibly also mentioned in IGCyr003300. Parisi Presicce, 2007 is right in emphasizing that the archaeological context of the find does not allow to relate the cup with the neighbouring building, whereas his doubts about the very reading and thus about the mention of Opheles are by far less convincing (see Marengo, 2016 , p. 167.

Grammatically speaking, instead of a lost personal name followed with Apios as a father's name (our translation), another formulation would be possible, if the lost word was δεκάτα. However, the dedication of a tithe to a minor deity such as Opheles is rather unlikely.

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