Probably artist's signature


Trismegistos ID: 738442

Source Description


In a white and grey pebbles mosaic of a room in a house with courtyard (6.5; 4.95; -).


Written with tesserae made of blue-black pebbles on the eastern side of the room; written upside down for a reader standing within the room



Place of Origin



Between 261 and 251 B.C. (reign)


Found in 2003 at Euesperides : in a room of a house in area P .

Present Location

Not seen by IGCyr team.

Text constituted from

Transcription from editor (CDL).


Wilson, 2003 , pp. 194-195 (ph.) (also Wilson, 2003 , p. 1656 (ph.)), and Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique , 2005.624, whence SEG , 53.2033.


Εὐκ[λείδ?]α ἔργ[ον?]


1 Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique  Εὐκ[λείδ?]α : Wilson, 2003  εὐκ[αιρί]a : Wilson, 2003  Εὐκ [c. 3 - 4]α

2 Wilson, 2003  ἔργ[οις] : Wilson, 2003  ἔργ[ον] (this reading not preferred)

French translation

Œuvre d'Euk[leid?]as.

English translation

Euk[leid?]as' work.

Italian translation

Opera di Euk[leid?]as.

Arabic translation

عمل باسم يوك [ليد؟] اس.


Between two readings, leading to an artist's signature or to a threshold inscription, Wilson preferred the latter, meaning approximatively 'Good issue for the works!'. We find the former more convincing.

Wilson's first argument was the unusual use of ἔργον for an artist's signature, which however is now known in IGCyr108400.

His second argument, the point of view of the reader, who supposedly saw the inscription when entering the room, is intrinsically more valid, but weakened by the wall being robbed on that side of the room: the exact place of the door is in fact not known.

This mosaic belongs to the short-lived last phase of the settlement at Euesperides, allowing to date it precisely from the last years of Magas' reign, which ended at the discussed date of 258 or 250 (see Wilson, 2003 , pp. 1657-1658).

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