Trismegistos ID: 738426

Source Description


Right part of a white marble base with mouldings of eggs and darts on the front at top and bottom, broken off at left (0.54; 0.365;0.41); the right side seems to have been sawn off for re-use, whence the missing moulding on that side and a hole on the upper side might also be related.


Inscribed on front face (0.40; 0.155; -), symmetrically along the central axis.


0.03; serifs, upsilon with rather short vertical stroke, sigma moderately slantering.

Place of Origin



Second half of third to first half of second century B.C. (lettering)


Found before 1979 at Cyrene : probably from South Necropolis .

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1979 at Cyrene : inside archaeological enclosure North of Caesareum .

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Mohamed-Reynolds, 1997 , p. 39 n. 15 (cf. Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique , 1999.623), whence SEG , 47.2191.


[Φιλ]ύτας [...] ξ̣ιμάχω


1 Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique  [Φιλ]ύτας : Mohamed-Reynolds, 1997  [...] ΥΤ[.] ς

2 Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique  [...] ξ̣ιμάχω : Mohamed-Reynolds, 1997  [...] ιμάχω

French translation

[Phil]ytas fils de  [---] ximakhos.

English translation

[Phil]ytas son of  [---] ximachos.

Italian translation

[Phil]ytas figlio di  [---] ximachos.


For the father's name both Ζευξίμαχος and Ἀλεξίμαχος would fit the gap that may be also estimated from the average size of such bases. Hence a gap of three letters for the son's name, for which Ναύτας, proposed by the first editors would be too short, whereas Φιλύτας is a typical name of the region.

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