Cyrene Museum, no inv. number.
Upper and lower part of a white carefully polished marble naiskos; the upper part (1.13; 0.10; -) has a low triangular pediment with acroteria at each angle (the left one broken off), surmounting a small plain moulding of eggs and darts and a plain architrave (the right end of which is broken off). The lower part (0.94; 0.22;0.31) is constituted of a rectangular low base with four moulded feet; on the base rested a sculptured group of which the only vestiges are at both front angles the legs of a kneeled person and in the middle two webbed feet of an animal, perhaps a swan.
Very lightly inscribed on the architrave below the gable, the letters being then painted alternately in yellow, red and blue; the very frail epidermis of the marble is lost at some places and the reddish color due to a long stay in the local earth makes the reading difficult if not under low light.
0.045; space between each letter 0.05; small circular letters, slantering sigma, higher stroke for phi, slightly curved triangular letters.
Place of Origin
Second half of third century B.C. (lettering)
Last recorded Location
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 , pp. 36-38 n. 9 (dr.) (cf. Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique Dobias-Lalou, C.Bulletin Épigraphique in Études Grecques (REG)1987- - see in bibliography , 1999.623), whence SEG Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum, Leiden, then Amsterdam, 1923-1971, then 1979- - see in bibliography , 47.2185. Cf. Cinalli, 2016 Cinalli, A., 2016, Painted and charcoal inscriptions from the territory of Cyrene. Evidence from the underworld, in R. Benefiel, P. Keegan, Inscriptions in the private sphere in the Graeco-Roman world, 9, 181-212 - see in bibliography , p. 184.
1 Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique Dobias-Lalou, C.Bulletin Épigraphique in Études Grecques (REG)1987- - see in bibliography Φιλοθάλε̣υς : 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 Φιλοθάλους (the epidermis of the marble has been dropped on a rectangular zone exactly corresponding to the shape of an epsilon, which gives the awaited dialectal ending)
Theukhrestos fils de Philothalès.
Theuchrestos son of Philothales.
Theuchrestos figlio di Philothales.
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