Dedication to Karneios and Opheles


Trismegistos ID: 738135

Source Description


Double rock-cutaltar with two square compartments,the left one having a deeper hollow in the middle (1.3; -; -).


Inscribed in front, below each compartment.


Deeply cut, crudely disposed letters.

Place of Origin



First half of the fifth century B.C. (lettering)


Found in 1918 in Massah (ancient Artamis): on bank of wadi Ommgebeb.

Last recorded Location

Seen by G. Oliverio before 1918.

Present Location

Not seen by IGCyr team.

Text constituted from

Transcription from editor (CDL).


Pugliese Carratelli-Oliverio, 1961  pp. 45-47, n. 26 (ph.) (from †Oliverio's papers; with note by Pugliese Carratelli), whence SEG , 20.756; Dobias-Lalou, 1970 , pp. 248-249, n. 19; Dobias-Lalou, 2000  pp. 216, 231, whence SEG , 50.1637. Cf. Parisi Presicce, 2007 , p. 249, n. 18, whence SEG , 57.2001.


compartment a
compartment b


a1+b1 Dobias-Lalou, 2000  Καρ(νειο̄) Ὀφ(έλευς) : Pugliese Carratelli-Oliverio, 1961 , Parisi Presicce, 2007  Καρόφι (both following †Oliverio)

French translation

a) (Autel) de Kar(neios).

b) (Autel) d'Oph(eles).

English translation

a) (Altar) of Kar(neios).

b) (Altar) of Oph(eles).

Italian translation

a) (Altare) di Kar(neios).

b) (Altare) di Oph(eles).


About the circumstances of the discovery, see Sillani, 2014 , p. 104.

Oliverio's reading as one word Καροφι is questionable for the extreme scarcity of plural datives in -φι and mainly because a divine name *κᾶρες (or rather *κᾶροι) does not exist. Two abbreviated names, each corresponding to one compartment would be a better solution. The vertical stroke at the right end does not seem to be a iota, but a limit for the inscribed field.

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