Trismegistos ID: 738281

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, inv. number unknown.


White marble fragmentary base with double mouldings of eggs and darts chipped out nearly everywhere; the original face, if once inscribed, is now illegible; the opposite face, bearing the inscription, has lost its left part, probably cut away (0.59; 0.28;0.46).


Inscribed between the mouldings (0.59; 0.11;).


0.032-0.04; deeply cut, without serifs.

Place of Origin



Ca. 300 B.C. (lettering)


Found in 1915 at Cyrene : North Necropolis, tomb of the Mnesarchoi (tomb N 171 Cassels).

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1979 in Shahat : still in front of the ancient Sculpture Museum and again on September 9th, 1997 in Shahat : Cyrene Museum .

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Oliverio, 1933-1936 , p. 117, n. 119, fig. 75, whence SEG , 9.231; again as unpublished SECir , 64. Cf. Beschi, 1970 , pp. 181, 182, 204; Marengo, 1985 , p. 150; Laronde, 1987 , pp. 56-58, whence SEG , 38.1892.


[Μνάσαρ?]χος Δαμώνακτος


1 [Μνάσαρ?]χος : Oliverio, 1933-1936 , Laronde, 1987  [Μνάσαρ]χος : Beschi, 1970  [---] χος

French translation

[Mnasar?]khos fils de Damonax.

English translation

[Mnasar?]chos son of Damonax.

Italian translation

[Mnasar?]chos figlio di Damonax.


Pugliese Carratelli published again this inscription as SECir , 64, without illustration nor restoration, from Oliverio's papers, as was later established by Marengo.

Neither Oliverio nor Beschi did notice that the stone was re-used, a fact that seems rather certain to C. Dobias-Lalou.

Moreover, the lettering seems rather old amongst the series of bases from the same tomb (IGCyr027100,IGCyr027200, IGCyr027300, IGCyr027400 and possibly IGCyr114300).

That family-tomb is commonly called after the name Mnasarchos, frequent among them, and the name of the present deceased has been thus restored as Mnasarchos. Furthermore, Laronde identifies the father Damonax with a monetary officer active between 331 and 321.

Only Beschi, who assumes the stone to have fallen from another tomb situated above, refrains from completing the name. The fact that it had been re-used is another reason for being cautious.

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