Honorary inscription


Trismegistos ID: 738443

Source Description


Rectangular block of gray-blue marble bearing on the rear of upper side two half feet-shaped cavities and a canal for pouring melted metal; this block was thus part of an originally deeper block or monument, at least in its later use (1.02; 0.29;0.67).


Inscribed on face, probably in three lines, out of which lines 1 and 2 were re-cut as IRCyr C.62 in a shallow rasura. The former lines 1 and 2 seem to have been about as long as the new ones, the whole being centered along vertical axis.


0.025, with slight apices; small differences with the later script: alpha with lower bar, kappa with larger oblique bars, broader nu, omicron as large as the other letters.

Place of Origin

Cyrene .


Probably end of second century or beginning of first B.C.


First seen by N. Adams in 2003 at Cyrene : re-used in a wall closing to the North the so-called Hall of the Orthostats , when its former facade was incorporated into the IVth century AD tower that blocked the Street of Battos .

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 2010 at findspot.

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Adams, 2003 , pp. 56-57, n. 6 (cf. Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique , 2005.623), whence SEG , 53.2044.


[---] [---] Κυραναῖοι


1-2 (Adams did not see that ll. 1-2 were erased and overstruck for IRCyr C.62)

French translation

〚[Un tel, fils d'un tel a été honoré]〛, par les Cyrénéens.

English translation

〚[So-and-so son of So-and-so was honored]〛 by the Cyrenaeans.

Italian translation

〚[Il tale, figlio del tale è stato onorato]〛 dai Cirenei.

Arabic translation

من قبل الكيرينيين [[تم تكريمهم فلان وفلان ]〛


The formula ending with Κυραναῖοι is that of a honorific inscription and the style of the monument, presumably a very large base with a statue, lets us suppose that the honorandus was either a Ptolemy or a member of the Ptolemaic court. The stone was erased and re-cut, probably some decades later, at the very beginning of the Roman domination over Cyrenaica. The style of the lettering is quite similar to the stele for Aiglanor (IGCyr065000).

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