Tithe for Apollo


Trismegistos ID: 738232

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, 246.


Right part of white marble rectangular block broken at left and slightly chipped off at right end (overall 0.33; 0.145;0.18).


Inscribed just under upper the rim (width 0.22).


0.022; careful lettering with very slight serifs.

Place of Origin

Cyrene .


End of fourth or beginning of third century B.C. (lettering)


Found between 1928 and 1929 at Cyrene : amidst filling material in Trajanic Baths .

Last recorded Location

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

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Oliverio, 1930 , p. 160, n. 3, whence SEG , 9.87.


[....]  [Κ]λήτα [Ἀπόλλωνι] δ̣εκάταν.


1 [Κ]λήτα : Oliverio, 1930  [Θα]λήτα

2 δ̣εκάταν : Oliverio, 1930  [δ]εκάταν

French translation

[Un tel fils de K]lètas [pour Apollon] comme dîme.

English translation

[So and so, son of K]letas [for Apollo] as a tithe.

Italian translation

[Il tale, figlio di K]letas [ad Apollo] come decima.


For this kind of blocks the usual dimensions are 0.52 x 0.145, so that the missing part should be about 58% of the whole block and a restoration Ἀπόλλωνι at l. 2 fits well.

For the father's name, Κλήτας would be the shortest restoration to be found and leaves room for names of four letters, such as Νέων, Λέων, Δίων.

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