Trismegistos ID: 738362

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, inv. number unknown.


Rectangular white marble base, broken at the back and chipped along all edges (0.63; 0.23;0.42).


Inscribed on the front.


0.028-0.032; without serifs, theta with a small dot in the centre, mu and sigma each with four slanting strokes, nu slightly shorter at right, xi without vertical stroke, phi with flat loop.

Place of Origin



First half of fourth century B.C. (lettering)


Found in 1977 at Cyrene : Enclosed sanctuary of Demeter and Kore : area F13/G13, 2, 2.

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1979 in Shahat : in front of the Casa Parisi, which is part of the Cyrene Museum , .

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


White, 1987 , p. 79, footnote 76 and Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique , 1987.830, whence SEG , 37.1673 bis; Reynolds, 2012 , A.3.


Πατροφίλα Βακαλος (vac. 3) εὐξαμένα ἀνέθηκε.


French translation

Patrophila fille de Bakal, en exécution d'un voeu, a consacré.

English translation

Patrophila daughter of Bakal, having made a vow, dedicated.

English translation

Patrophila figlia di Bakal, a séguito di un voto, ha dedicato.


There was some discussion about the date, that Reynolds (and White) said to be inside the fourth century, while Dobias-Lalou, followed by SEG, suggested the second half of third century. A new examination leads to propose the first half of the fourth century.

The dedicant has a purely Greek name whereas her father's name is of Libyan origin, a fact that is not unfrequent in Cyrenaica. Given the context, the dedication is for Demeter alone or with Kore.

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