Accounts of the damiergoi


Trismegistos ID: 738217

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, 431.


Small fragment of left side of white marble panel, broken above, at right and below (0.055; 0.1;0.035).


Inscribed on the face.


0.012; alpha with low bar, xi without hasta, phi with oval loop.

Place of Origin



First half of fourth century B.C. (lettering)


Found before 1976 at Cyrene : exact findspot unrecorded.

Last recorded Location

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

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Unpublished; for general bibliography on the accounts of the damiergoi see IGCyr011400.


- - - - - - [---]  [ψυθί]-α ἔξ[ος τᾶς προκλησίας ἀν]  [- max.3 -] , [μέλαιν]-α ἕξ[ος τᾶς προκλησίας ἀν]  [c. 4 - 7], καρφ[έων ἠμέρων ἁ ἅμαξα]  [c. 4 - 7], 5ἀγρί̣[ων ---]  - - - - - -


4 (restored by Emilio Rosamilia per litteras)

French translation

 [---]  [raisin hâtif], hors garantie, [la mesure],  [---] ; [noir], hors garantie, [la mesure],  [---] ; foin [cultivé, la charretée],  [---] ; sauvage,  [---] .

English translation

 [---]  [grapes: early], without guarantee, [per unit],  [---] ; [black], without guarantee, [per unit],  [---] ; [cultivated] hay, [per cartload],  [---] ; wild,  [---] .

Italian translation

 [---]  [uva: primaticcia], non scelta, a  [---] ; [nera], non scelta, [a],  [---] ; fieno [coltivato, per carro],  [---] ; selvatico,  [---] .

Arabic translation

[--- العنب: المبكر]، (غيرمباع بعقد مسبق)، [للمقدار الواحد]، [---]؛ [الأسود]، (مباع بعقد مسبق)، [للمقدار الواحد]، [---]؛ [المزروع] التبن، [لحمولة العربة]، [---]؛ التبن البري، [---] .


This small fragment clearly belongs to one of the accounts of the damiergoi and may be dated from its lettering in the series of the first half of the fourth century B.C. However it cannot be joined to any other fragment, differing from every one by at least one physical characteristic. C. Dobias-Lalou, who had once thought that it might belong to IGCyr012900 (so Chamoux, 1988 , p. 143), is now sure that it is impossible.

E. Rosamilia's suggestion that hay was measured by cartload at line 4 produces a plausible dimension for each line. He also suggests to add ἀν for each product, which is optional at the time.

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