Trismegistos ID: 738424

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, no inv. number.


White marble rectangular base with plain mouldings at top and bottom on three sides, (with mouldings0.51; 0.26;0.36); a channel for attachment was cut into the upper side.


Inscribed in two lines on front face (0.465; 0.14;0.325).


0.03; light serifs, phi with flattened loop, sigma with parallel outer strokes, omega slightly smaller than the other letters.

Place of Origin



Second half of third century B.C. (lettering)


Found before 1995 at Cyrene : plausibly South Necropolis (see commentary).

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1997 in Shahat : Cyrene Museum .

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Mohamed-Reynolds, 1997 , p. 38 n. 13, whence SEG , 47.2189. Cf. Thorn-Thorn, 2009 , p. 266.


Φιλωνίδας Ἀντιφίλω


French translation

Philônidas fils d'Antiphilos.

English translation

Philonidas son of Antiphilos.

Italian translation

Philonidas figlio di Antiphilos.


The findspot was reported by Mohamed-Reynolds, 1997 , p. 38 n. 13 as follows: «beside a tomb on the old Cyrene-Balagrae (Shahat-Beida) road, about 1 km west of the extra-mural sanctuary of Demeter, still carrying a three-quarter figure of a mourning woman» (also repeated by the Thorns: Thorn-Thorn, 2009 , p. 266). It must be remembered that at the time the only known part of the extra-mural sanctuary was the area excavated by the American mission (so-called Enclosed sanctuary of Demeter and Kore), which is the Western part of the Southern Extra-Mural Sacred Zone as known since 2000. '1 km west' of it would be in the West Necropolis. So 'west' should be a mistake for 'east' and, as the Necropolis does not begin in correspondance with the sanctuary, the findspot should be sought more to the south, beside the road.

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