Honorary inscription for Aristoteles on occasion of the telesphoria


Trismegistos ID: 5996

Source Description


Part of a fine-grained limestone exedra, broken at right (preserved block: arc 0.9; height 0.22; radius 0.54).


Inscribed on the concave front face: arc 0.68; height 0.17.


0.03; carefully inscribed letters.

Place of Origin



Third century B.C. (lettering)


Found in 1926 at Cyrene : Sanctuary of Apollo, in front of Fountain of Philothales .

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1983 in situ.

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Oliverio, 1929 , p. 153, n. 21, whence SEG , 9.65.


Ἀριστοτέλη Ἀριστ[οτέλους?] Καρνεῖα τελεσφορήσα[ντα ---] α Ἀρχέτω.


French translation

(La statue d') Aristotélès fils d'Arist[otélès?], après qu'il eut accompli la telesphoria des Karneia, (a été consacrée par) [Une-telle] fille d'Arkhétos.

English translation

(The statue of) Aristoteles son of Arist[oteles?], after his accomplishing the telesphoria of Karneia, (was dedicated by) [So-and-so] daughter of Archetos.

Italian translation

(La statua di) Aristoteles figlio di Arist[oteles?], dopo che aveva completato la telesphoria delle Karneia, (è stata dedicata dalla) [tale] figlia di Archetos.


In term of space, the incomplete participle at line 2 might also be restored τελεσφορήσαισα, referring to the dedicant. But there is no instance of a priestess celebrating the Karneia.

It is a plausible guess that the dedicant, daughter of Archetos, was the spouse of Aristoteles.

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