Trismegistos ID: 105896

Source Description


Three fragments apparently belonging to the same marble panel: fragment a. from left upper part (0.062; 0.09;0.022); fragment b. from left rim (0.06; 0.055;0.022); fragment c. broken on all sides (0.055; 0.09; -).


Inscribed on the face.


0.012; slight serifs.

Place of Origin



Perhaps, second century B.C.


Found in 1911 by H.F. De Cou at Cyrene : Acropolis , central room of Apse Building .

Present Location

Seems to be now lost.

Text constituted from

Transcription from editor (CDL).


Robinson, 1913 , pp. 163-164, nn. 14, 15, 16.


fragment a
(vac. 2 lines) ᾿Εν τᾶι ξ[---]  ΗΡΑΙΔΑ[---]  Π̣ΙΣΣΕΓ[---]  καλλυ[---] 
fragment b
ΙΤΑ[---]  κοιλίαν [---]   [c. 1 - 2]ΥΤ[---] 
fragment c
[---] ΚΙ[---]  [---] ΓΑΖΗ[---]  [---] ΝΞΕΝ[---]  [---] ΓΓΙΟΝ[---]  5 [---] Π[---] 


a.1 ᾿Εν τᾶι ξ[---]  : Robinson, 1913  ᾿Εν τᾷ ξ[ενίᾳ ---] 

a.2 ΗΡΑΙΔΑ[---]  : Robinson, 1913  ῾Ηραιδα [ὁ] (from photograph a last letter that could be Σ)

a.3 Π̣ΙΣΣΕΓ[---]  : Robinson, 1913  πισ(vac. 1)σεγ (from photograph the first letter might also be T; the last letter might also be a Π)

French translation


English translation

Not usefully translatable.

Italian translation


Arabic translation

غير قابل للترجمه بشكل جيد


Desperate disjuncted fragments, which resemble none of the formulaic series known at Cyrene. Robinson (from De Cou) informed that the left side was «slightly bevelled» and that «the first letter of each line is on the bevel, as though the marble had served some other purpose before being inscribed». From the photograph one may catch the two upper ends of a letter which might be sigma or chi. Therefore the bevel should be subsequent to the inscription and the stone was re-cut for a new use.

Some sequences are ambiguous, such as at l. 1 ἐν τᾶι or [τ]ένται.

For line 2, the feminine name Ἡραίς was accepted by J.M. Reynolds for Fraser-Matthews, 1987 , p. 202 and is also attested for a Cyrenaean woman in Egypt. Besides a variant Ἡραιίς is known at Cyrene in a clearer context (IGCyr122200). For the present inscription an interesting possibility would be [Θ]ηραίδας, which is attested at Thera. However it does not match the small vestiges of sigma or chi mentioned above. Eventually the name of goddess Hera might also stay here at the dative.

Some other sequences might perhaps be interpreted with Greek words of poetic flavour. However this impression is not enough supported by facts, so that we did not include this item into GVCyr.

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