White marble base of the type with egg and dart mouldings above and below; the upper moulding is completely chipped, as well as both sides and the base is broken off at bottom (whole base as preserved 0.70; 0.37;0.41); on the upper face, an oval hole with a channel for attachment.
Inscribed between the mouldings (0.61; 0.165;0.38).
Place of Origin
Perhaps fourth century B.C. (lettering)
First seen by J. Cassels in 1954 at Cyrene pleiades; HGL : East Necropolis , tomb 1 Cassels.
Later recorded Location
Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1983 at Cyrene pleiades; HGL : inside archaeological enclosure North of Caesareum .
Last recorded Location
Seen by J. Reynolds before 1995 at the same place.
Text constituted from
Transcription from stone (CDL).
Mohamed-Reynolds, 1997 Mohamed, F.A., Reynolds, J., 1997, New funerary incriptions from Cyrene, Libya Antiqua (LibAnt)n.s. 3, 31-45 - see in bibliography , p. 36 n. 6 (ph.), whence SEG Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum, Leiden, then Amsterdam, 1923-1971, then 1979- - see in bibliography , 47.2182. Cf. Thorn-Thorn, 2009 Thorn, D.M., Thorn, J.C. (eds.), 2009, A Gazetteer of the Cyrene Necropolis from the original notebooks of John Cassels, Richard Tomlinson and James and Dorothy Thorn, Studia Archaeologica161, Roma - see in bibliography , p. 148; Belzic, 2015 Belzic, M., 2015, Les "divinités funéraires" de Cyrénaïque, 1-2, Master dissertation, École pratique des Hautes Études, 4e section, Paris - see in bibliography , vol. 1, p. 164 and vol. 2, p. 176.
Arthmiadas fils d'Aristophanès.
Arthmiadas son of Aristophanes.
Arthmiadas figlio di Aristophanes.
The surface of this base is smoothened by some sort of re-use and bears many concretions, showing a long period of exposure outside. Mohamed and Reynolds, when publishing it, did not know where it came from and suspected the South Necropolis, because building works for the modern town of Shahat produced a lot of bases during the last decades. However the Thorns gathered from Cassels' archives a clumsy copy of the inscription mentioned in his publication ( Cassels, 1955 Cassels, J., 1955, The cemeteries of Cyrene, Papers of the British School at Rome (PBSR)23, 1-43 - see in bibliography , p. 38), without transcription, as lying '100 m. N.W.' of tomb E1'. This information was also checked by M. Belzic in the Libyan Studies archive at Leicester in 2014.
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