Dedications to the Eumenides


Trismegistos ID: 738338

Source Description


First to the left out of four rock-cut altars (see also IGCyr064800, IGCyr064900); dimensions unknown.


Inscribed on the front face below the altar.


Height unknown.

Place of Origin



Fourth century B.C.


Found before 1938 at Cyrene : exact findspot unrecorded; from the photograph it is obviously outside the city.

Present Location

Not found by IGCyr team.

Text constituted from

Transcription from previous editor.


Pugliese Carratelli-Oliverio, 1961 , p. 29, n. 9.1 (from †Oliverio's papers), fig. 18, and Robert, Bulletin Épigraphique , 1962.363, whence SEG , 20.723, a.


ΕΞ Εὐ(μενίδων) Ε(ὐμενίδων).


French translation

EX. (Autel) des Euménides, des Euménides.

English translation

EX. (Altar) of the Eumenides, of the Eumenides.

Italian translation

EX. (Altare) delle Eumenidi, delle Eumenidi.


The publication was given from the late Oliverio's papers, which contained a partial photograph of the four altars and transcriptions of the inscriptions.

As to the place of origin, the photograph shows clearly an open landscape outside the city, probably on the plateau. From the indication that 'there are other similar (sc. altars) on the street to Beida', it can only be inferred that it is not on that road, where precisely altars have been discovered (see IGCyr115100, IGCyr115200, IGCyr115300, IGCyr115400, IGCyr115500, IGCyr115600, IGCyr115800, IGCyr115900, IGCyr116000). The further discovery of IGCyr133900 to IGCyr134400 does not throw new light, although it might be tantalizing to identify their situation with the subaudible description of Oliverio.

It is impossible to check Oliverio's readings for this altar from the photograph, too dark in that part.

The meaning of l. 1 is quite unclear. One possibility would be an abbreviated form of the name of the owner, as it appears elswhere for such 'private' altars.

The development of the abbreviation at ll. 2 and 3 is inferred from the nearby altars, see IGCyr064800 and IGCyr064900. The same abbreviation with only two letters is a possible reading in IGCyr114000.

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