Private honors with artist's signature


Trismegistos ID: 738345

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, inv. number unknown.


Right lower angle of a blackish marble base already broken at upper right angle and at left when found (0.66; 0.31;0.4); later broken into four fragments.


Inscribed in one line near the upper rim and in a second line in much smaller characters below.


Line 1: 0.035; line 2: 0.015; no serifs, short middle bar of epsilon, slanting sigma.

Place of Origin



Fourth century B.C. (lettering)


Found in 1926 by G. Oliverio at Cyrene : probably the agora .

Last recorded Location

Seen by Emilio Rosamilia in 2010 in Shahat , Cyrene Museum .

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (E.R.).


Pugliese Carratelli-Oliverio, 1961 , p. 31, n. 12, fig. 23 (from †Oliverio's papers), and Robert, Bulletin Épigraphique , 1962.363, whence SEG , 20.743; Rosamilia, 2014 , n. 2. Cf. Oliverio, 1927 , p. 157 (mention of the find).


[Ἐπ]ιγένης Εὐβ[άτα ---]  Δ̣ημητρίου ἐποίησε.


French translation

Épigénès fils d'Eub[atas?].

Oeuvre de  [---]  fils de Démétrios.

English translation

Epigenes son of Eub[atas?].

Made by  [---]  son of Demetrios.

Italian translation

Epigenes figlio di Eub[atas?].

Opera di  [---]  figlio di Demetrios.


Oliverio, 1927 mentioned this base without publishing it as 'coming, as it seems, from the Agora'. He was publishing there inscriptions found in 1925 in the Sanctuary of Apollo and his paper belongs to the issue of April 1927, so that he wrote it probably at the end of 1926 or the very beginning of 1927. The present base would have been known to him but not fully studied at the time.

Owing to the similarity of lettering with the epitaph IGCyr025000 the proposed restoration of the names at line 1 seems rather plausible, although other personal names beginning with Εὐβ- do exist.

We have here only at the nominative the name of the man featured in the statue that originally stood on the base. If the honors emanated from the city, this mention would not be missing. It is thus more plausible that a private citizen was responsible for the monument but did not want to let it known (the same at IGCyr065800).

As pointed by Rosamilia, the name of the sculptor's father has no dialectal form and this might be a clue for a foreigner. However, it would be somewhat surprising that his origin would not be mentioned.

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