Dedication (?)


Trismegistos ID: 738438

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, 2074.


Gray white marble fragment preserving the right angle of a rectangular block with top, right side and bottom surviving; on top, an oval depression (0.12; 0.042;0.11).


Inscribed in 2 lines on front face.


0.012; with serifs, alpha with dropped bar, sigma with parallel outer strokes, symmetrical pi, mu with a cursive shape.

Place of Origin



End of second or beginning of first century B.C. (lettering)


Found between 1972 and 1975 at Martūbah .

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1982 and again 1997 in Shahat : Cyrene Museum .

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Mohamed-Reynolds, 1998 , p. 140 n. 1b, and Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique , 1999.625, whence SEG , 48.2064.


[---]  η ρα (vac.) [---] Ι̣ (vac. 1) Πόλυμνις


1 η ρα : Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique  τ̣ρα : Mohamed-Reynolds, 1998  κ̣α

French translation

Ce  [---]  (a été consacré) à  [---] , par Polymnis.

English translation

This  [---]  (was dedicated) to  [---]  by Polymnis.

Italian translation

Questo  [---]  (è stato dedicato) a  [---]  da Polymnis.

Arabic translation

هذا [---] (كان قد كرس) ل [---] من قبل بوليمنيس.


Mohamed and Reynolds described the block as «probably an altar». However, the oval depression does not seem to allow this interpretation. One might better think of a basis supporting a circular basin.

The few letters surviving at line 1 can be clearly read from autopsy and squeeze, but for the first one, of which only the lower part of the hasta survives. Feminine names ending with τρα do exist, namely Cleopatra and others, but how could such a name be combined with a masculine name also at the nominative, especially on such an object? A more coherent reading might be the accusative -[λωτ]ῆ̣ρα, 'basin', for which see at IGCyr120300. However it would be necessary to check again the fragments to push this suggestion ahead.

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