Trismegistos ID: 738418

Source Description


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 : East Necropolis , tomb 1 Cassels.

Later recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1983 at Cyrene : 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 , p. 36 n. 6 (ph.), whence SEG , 47.2182. Cf. Thorn-Thorn, 2009 , p. 148; Belzic, 2015 , vol. 1, p. 164 and vol. 2, p. 176.


Ἀρθμιάδας [Ἀ]ριστοφάνευ[ς]


French translation

Arthmiadas fils d'Aristophanès.

English translation

Arthmiadas son of Aristophanes.

Italian translation

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 , 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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