Tapering marble stele with plain moulding on top; lower right angle missing. When seen and photographed for Oliverio, the stele was severely damaged in the middle, as in an attempt to break it into two parts. In 2003, only part of its upper side was unearthed (with moulding width 0.49; below moulding 0.44; 1.24;0.30).
Inscribed; written on two lines just below moulding.
0.03; carefully cut letters.
Place of Origin
Between 325 and 275 B.C. (lettering)
Found by R.M. Smith and E.A. Porcher in 1860-1861 at Cyrene pleiades; HGL : on the north side of the pronaos of the so-called Temple of Venus .
Later recorded Location
Seen by N. Adams in 2003 at the same place.
Last recorded Location
Seen in 2003 by Th. Marlier and A. Laronde from the French Archaeological Mission at the same place.
Not seen by IGCyr team.
Text constituted from
Transcription from previous editors (CDL).
Smith-Porcher, 1864 Smith, R.M., Porcher, E.A., 1864, History of the recent discoveries at Cyrene, made during an expedition to the Cyrenaica in 1860-61, under the auspices of Her Majesty's government, London - see in bibliography , n. 22; SGDI Bechtel, F., Baunack, J., et al., Collitz, H. (ed.), Sammlung der griechischen Dialekt-Inschriften, III.2, Göttingen, 1905 - see in bibliography 4858; Oliverio, 1933-1936 Oliverio, G., 1933-1936, Documenti antichi dell'Africa Italiana, II, fasc. 1-2, Bergamo - see in bibliography , p. 112 n. 87, fig. 43, whence SEG Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum, Leiden, then Amsterdam, 1923-1971, then 1979- - see in bibliography , 9.199. Cf. Adams, 2003 Adams, N., 2003, Greek and Roman sculpture and inscriptions from Cyrene: recent joins and proposed associations, including a 'new' private portrait statue, and some recent epigraphic discoveries, Libyan Studies (LibStud)34, 43-64 - see in bibliography , pp. 58-59, n. 7 (ph.) and Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique Dobias-Lalou, C.Bulletin Épigraphique in Études Grecques (REG)1987- - see in bibliography , 2005.623, whence SEG Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum, Leiden, then Amsterdam, 1923-1971, then 1979- - see in bibliography , 53.2044; Thorn-Thorn, 2009 Thorn, D.M., Thorn, J.C. (eds.), 2009, A Gazetteer of the Cyrene Necropolis from the original notebooks of John Cassels, Richard Tomlinson and James and Dorothy Thorn, Studia Archaeologica161, Roma - see in bibliography , p. 140.
Astykratès fils d'Eukleidas.
Astykrates son of Eukleidas.
Astykrates figlio di Eukleidas.
The findspot («necropoli») given by Oliverio, who did not mention the previous edition, is plausibly based only upon the monument type, which clearly indicates a tomb-marker. Adams in 2003 unearthed the upper part of the stele at the very place where Smith and Porcher had claimed to have seen it. So we can imagine that it had been brought from the nearest Necropolis, i.e. the Southern one. The Thorns, unaware of all editions but Oliverio's, are wrong in suggesting the Northern Necropolis.
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