White marble base with plain mouldings on top and below, covered by lichen because of a long exposure outside (approximate dimensions from photographs ca. 0.84; -;ca. 0.48).
Inscribed on front face in two lines with varying spaces between letters in order to fill the whole width.
Dimensions unknown; alpha with low bar, spoon-shaped zeta, smaller omicron, phi with small flattened loop, horseshoe-shaped omega.
Place of Origin
Probably third century B.C. (lettering)
Later recorded Location
Seen by G. Paci in 1993 at Cyrene pleiades; HGL : West Necropolis , at the time still lying above the facade of tomb W116 Cassels, in precarious stability.
Last recorded Location
Seen and photographed by the Mission of Chieti University in 2001, when already fallen in front of the tomb.
Text constituted from
Transcription from previous editors (CDL).
Pacho, 1827 Pacho, J.-R., 1827, Relation d'un voyage dans la Marmarique, la Cyrénaïque et les oasis d'Audjelah et de Maradeh, pendant les années 1824 et 1825, Paris - see in bibliography , pl. LXV.4, whence CIG Corpus Inscriptionum Graecarum, I-IV, Berlin, 1828-1877 - see in bibliography 5156; Paci, 2003 Paci, G., 2003, Iscrizioni dalla necropoli occidentale di Cirene, in Studi in memoria di Lidiano Bacchielli, Quaderni di Archeologia della Libya (QAL)18, 173-182 - see in bibliography , pp. 181-182, n. 6, whence SEG Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum, Leiden, then Amsterdam, 1923-1971, then 1979- - see in bibliography , 53.2053, 6. Cf. D'Adazzio in Di Valerio-Cherstich-Carinci, 2005 Di Valerio, E., Cherstich, I., Carinci, M., Siciliano, Fr., D'Addazio, G., Cinalli, A., 2005, Votive niches in funerary architecture in Cyrenaic (Libya), in C. Briault, J. Green, A. Kaldelis, A. Stellatou (eds.), Symposium on Mediterranean Archaeology (SOMA 32003), BAR International Series1391, Oxford, 53-58 - see in bibliography , p. 56.
Aphroditia fille de Zènon.
Aphroditia daughter of Zenon.
Aphroditia figila di Zenon.
Paci very plausibly thought that Pacho's copy corresponded to the very base that he could see in the Western Necropolis without being able to approach. Later survey by the Mission of the University of Chieti provided more precise informations.
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