Trismegistos ID: 738253

Source Description


Limestone base with plain mouldings, partly broken off (0.96; 0.31;0.38).


Inscribed twice on the face.



Place of Origin

Cyrene .


Between 350 and 251 B.C. (lettering)


Found at an unknown date at Cyrene : near the small tower of the ancient City Wall , South-East of the former 'Grande Albergo', so possibly brought from the North Necropolis , perhaps neighbouring tombs N 378 or 379 Cassels (but see commentary).

Present Location

Not found.

Text constituted from

Transcription from editor (CDL).


Oliverio, 1933-1936 , p. 111, n. 84 and fig. 40a and b, whence SEG , 9.196. Cf. Beschi, 1970 , p. 204 (date of the base); Thorn-Thorn, 2009 , p. 138.


〚Παρμένων〛 'Παρμένων Νικία' 〚Νικία Κρής〛 'Κρής'


French translation

Parmenon, fils de Nikias, crétois.

English translation

Parmenon, son of Nikias, Cretan.

Italian translation

Parmenon, figlio di Nikias, cretese.


The whole text was cut once, erased and cut again, with a small shift from one version to the other, namely the layout of the three names on the two lines. Only the end of the second line was not really erased, although Σ is written lower than the line. This was probably a beginner's test and may have never stood in a tomb. However its bad condition shows that it was re-used for some purpose.

The Thorns duly underline the oddness of limestone as a material for a funerary base; however, they stick to the idea of a relation with a tomb in the vicinity of the findspot.

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