Dedication to Apollo by Pratomedes


Trismegistos ID: 738229

Source Description


Marble base of cubic shape belonging to an exedra; the base, which is broken off at left, is surmounted with an agyieus. The upper part of the base (reconstructed width 0.725) has a relief with two figures and is separated from the inscribed bottom by a plain cornice.


Inscribed under relief on a surface badly chipped below; stoichedon (preserved inscribed area 0.48; 0.095;).



Place of Origin



Second half of the fourth century B.C. (lettering)


Found in 1926 at Cyrene : Exedra of Apollo Karneios .

Last recorded Location

Seen in 2001 by C. Dobias-Lalou in situ.

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Oliverio, 1928 , p. 327, n. 7, whence SEG , 9.81. Cf. Paribeni, 1959 , n. 60, whence SEG , 17.794; Gasperini, 1976 , whence SEG , 26.1832; again Gasperini, 2008 , pp. 119-123 ; Laronde, 1987 , pp. 182-183, 196 footnote 140, whence SEG , 38.1896.


[Πρατο]μήδης [Πολύ]μνιος [Ἀπόλ]λω̣ν[ι]


French translation

Pratomedes fils de Polymnis (a consacré) à Apollon.

English translation

Pratomedes son of Polymnis (dedicated) to Apollo.

Italian translation

Pratomedes figlio di Polymnis (ha dedicato) ad Apollo.


In the debated question of the function and date of the whole monument (fountain, exedra?), L. Gasperini ( Gasperini, 1976 ) gives epigraphical arguments for Oliverio's dating towards the end of IV B.C. So also Laronde, 1987 , pp. 182-183 with bibliography.

The colour picture (courtesy H. Walda, IRCyr project) was taken in 2008. Sitting at right of the exedra is Joyce M. Reynolds during her last visit to Cyrene.

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