Dedication of a portal


Trismegistos ID: 738247

Source Description


Grey marble block, recut at left for re-use (1.07; 0.3;0.66).


Inscribed in columns of three lines each, probably 3 in number, followed by one line on the whole width.


0.025; careful lettering.

Place of Origin

Cyrene .


Between 345 and 340 B.C. (prosopography)


Found in 1925 at Cyrene : Sanctuary of Apollo, re-used in the great Hall of the Trajanic Baths to support a basin re-used from the Greek propylaeum .

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1983 fixed on the North wall of the same Hall.

Text constituted from

Transcription from the stone (CDL).


Oliverio, 1930 , p. 144, n. 1 (ph.), whence SEG , 9.147; Laronde, 1987 , pp. 108-116, whence SEG , 38.1894. Cf. Ghislanzoni, 1925 , p. 414; Oliverio, 1927 , p. 326; Pernier, 1935 , pp. 94-95; Robert, 1955 , p. 28, whence SEG , 14.890.


column I
[---]  [---]  [---] 
column II
[---]  5 [---] α [---] μω
column III
Στᾶσις Δάμιος, Φίλων Αννικεριος, Νικόδαμος Δαμώνακτος,
10  [c. 8 - 9 Ἀπόλλωνι τὰ]ν ὀπὰν ἀνέθηκαν.


10 Laronde, 1987  [στραταγοὶ Ἀπόλλωνι τὰ]ν ὀπὰν ἀνέθηκαν

French translation

 [---]  (i.e. trois noms avec patronymes),

[Untel fils d'Untel], [Untel] fils de  [---] as, [Untel] fils de  [---] mos,

Stasis, fils de Damis, Philôn fils d'Annikeris, Nikodamos fils de Damônax,

 [c. 8 - 9] ont dédié le portail [à Apollon].

English translation

 [---]  (i.e. three names with fathers' names),

[So-and-so son of So-and-so], [So-and-so] son of  [---] as, [So-and-so] son of  [---] mos,

Stasis, son of Damis, Philon son of Annikeris, Nikodamos son of Damonax,

 [c. 8 - 9] dedicated the portal [to Apollo].

Italian translation

 [---]  (i.e. tre nomi con patronimici),

[il tale figlio del tale], [il tale] figlio di  [---] as, [il tale] figlio di  [---] mos,

Stasis figlio di Damis, Philon figlio di Annikeris, Nikodamos figlio di Damonax,

 [c. 8 - 9] dedicarono [ad Apollo] il portale.


Laronde, 1987 , p. 110 supplied στραταγοί on the base of Philon's office as a triakatiarchos in IGCyr084000, which does not imply that he later became a general, although the restitution fits well with the space available. Pernier, on the base of the probable number of nine dedicants suggested that they might have been nomophylakes . None of those hypotheses is conclusive.

As Pernier already suspected in 1935, this stone is probably part of the architrave of the pronaos in Apollo's temple. For the meaning of ὀπά see Dobias-Lalou, 2013 , pp. 182-183.

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