White marble oblong block with a disk in relief, broken at left and right (0.71; 0.29;0.20).
Inscribed on front face in probably three lines (see commentary).
0.035-0.038; slight serifs, pi with slightly projecting upper bar, rho with very small loop, non-slanting sigma, horse-shoe omega.
Place of Origin
Second century B.C. (lettering)
Found in 1928 at Cyrene pleiades; HGL : Sanctuary of Apollo, re-used in the late stairs in front of Temple of Apollo .
Last recorded Location
Seen at an unknown date by G. Paci.
Text constituted from
Transcription from previous editor.
Oliverio, 1930 Oliverio, G., 1930, Campagna di scavi a Cirene nell’estate del 1928, Africa Italiana3, 141-229 - see in bibliography , p. 225, n. 43, whence SEG Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum, Leiden, then Amsterdam, 1923-1971, then 1979- - see in bibliography , 9.95. Cf. Openo-Reynolds, 1978-1979 Openo, W.D., Reynolds, J., 1978-1979, A monumental tomb at Cyrene, Libya antiqua (LibAnt)15-16, 227-229 - see in bibliography , pp. 228-229, whence SEG Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum, Leiden, then Amsterdam, 1923-1971, then 1979- - see in bibliography , 37.1676.
3a (Oliverio suggested that there was perhaps a lost line 4 with [ἀνέθηκε?])
[---] Themisôn fils d'Aristis, [---] fils de Kallippos, Sô [---] [fils de] [---] , durant sa prêtrise [------?]
[---] Themison son of Aristis, [---] son of Kallippos, So [---] [son of] [---] , while being priest [------?]
[---] Themison figlio di Aristis, [---] di Kallippos, So [---] [figlio di] [---] , mentre era sacerdote [------?]
In this mutilated text, the relationship between names at the nominative and at the genitive and the participle ἱαριτεύων are far from clear and no known formula helps to restore the lost part, which might have run only at left or also at right across the sculpted disk.
At least three persons were mentioned here, 1. Themison son of Aristis, 2. Son-and-so son (or daughter) of Kallippos, 3. So [---] . We do not know at what case were the second and third name, nor do we know whether other names were mentioned. It is thus hazardous to admit, with Openo-Reynolds, 1978-1979 Openo, W.D., Reynolds, J., 1978-1979, A monumental tomb at Cyrene, Libya antiqua (LibAnt)15-16, 227-229 - see in bibliography , that Themison son of Aristis is here acting as priest.
The existence of a fourth line, alternatively suggested by Oliverio, would be possible only if a very long part is lost at left; in that case, the block might be an architrave.
We know of a Θεμίσων Ἀρίστιος of the end of the fourth century B.C. (see IGCyr016900 and IGCyr077800), perhaps an ancestor of this one. It should be noted that a Θεμίσων Ἀριστομένευς is also attested at IGCyr006800; however it is less probable to have a long father's name here, so this possibility of restoration should probably be dropped.
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