White marble base, reddish from earth, with plain mouldings on all four sides; lower moulding badly chipped off in the middle (0.53; 0.31;0.41).
Inscribed in two lines on the face between the mouldings (0.475; 0.155;0.355).
0.02; carefully cut letters.
Place of Origin
Third century B.C. (lettering)
Found at an unknown date at Cyrene pleiades; HGL : Necropolis , probably North Necropolis (Thorn).
Last recorded Location
Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 2001 at Cyrene pleiades; HGL : along the modern entrance to the Sanctuary of Apollo .
Text constituted from
Transcription from stone (CDL).
Oliverio, 1933-1936 Oliverio, G., 1933-1936, Documenti antichi dell'Africa Italiana, II, fasc. 1-2, Bergamo - see in bibliography , p. 112, n. 90, fig. 46, whence SEG Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum, Leiden, then Amsterdam, 1923-1971, then 1979- - see in bibliography , 9.202. Cf. Beschi, 1970 Beschi, L., 1970, Divinità funerarie cirenaiche, Annuario della Scuola Archeologica di Atene e delle Missioni Italiane in Oriente (ASAA)47-48, 133-341 - see in bibliography , p. 204 (date of the base); 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. 139 (probable location).
Dardanos fils de Meneandros.
Dardanos son of Meneandros.
Dardanos figlio di Meneandros.
Although Μένανδρος is a more common form for this name, Μενέανδρος is very clear on the stone and should not be corrected, being consistent with the etymology.
The Thorns' attribution to the North Necropolis is based upon the fact that the Italian archaeologists worked only on that part before World War II.
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