Honorary inscription and artist's signature


Trismegistos ID: 120632

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, 345.


Pink and blue marble circular base re-used upside down for IGCyr063000 (height 0.31; diameter 0.60).


Inscribed on vertical side, erased when re-used but for the last two lines.


0.008-0.01; slight serifs.

Place of Origin

Probably findspot.


Between 150 and 109 B.C. (context, lettering)


Found in 1936 at Cyrene : in the agora .

Later recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1977 in Shahat : Cyrene Museum .

Last recorded Location

Seen by E. Rosamilia in 2010 in Shahat : Cyrene Museum .

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL and ER).


Pugliese Carratelli-Oliverio, 1961 , p. 31, n. 11 b (from †Oliverio's papers), whence SEG , 20.725; Sammelbuch 10078; Rosamilia, 2014 , n. 9 and fig. 9.


[------]  [------]  [---]  α Ι̣[---] 〚Κυραναῖοι〛 5Εὐφράνωρ Σωσάρχω Κυραναῖος ἐποίησε.


1-3 (those lines not mentioned before E. Rosamilia)

French translation

[------]  〛 〚[------]  〛 〚[------]  〛 (a été consacré) 〚par les Cyrénéens〛.

Oeuvre d'Euphranôr fils de Sôsarkhos, Cyrénéen.

English translation

[------]  〛 〚[------]  〛 〚[------]  〛 (was dedicated) 〚by the Cyrenaeans〛.

Made by Euphranor son of Sosarchos, a Cyrenaean.

Italian translation

[------]  〛 〚[------]  〛 〚[------]  〛 (è stata dedicata) 〚dai Cirenei〛.

Opera di Euphranor figlio di Sosarchos, cireneo.


From what remains of the formula, we may guess that this was the dedication by the Cyrenaeans of a statue of a Ptolemy or some person of high rank. Those indications were erased, but the artist's signature was kept. However, as the letters were upside down it was of no use for IGCyr063000. This makes plausible that the statue itself was also re-used. Anyway the lettering of the signature is not much older than that of the later use, which provides a terminus ante quem.

We know of the date and place of discovery through Luni, 2014 , p.153. It is not quite sure that for this first use the stone already stood in the agora.

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