Trismegistos ID: 738450

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, 2050.


Small rectangular stele of local limestone with a moulding on top and a relief featuring a standing man holding the bridle of a horse which stands behind him and a veiled woman probably holding a libation jug and a patera; both are clad in long robes; under this scene thirteen horizontal serpents, slightly ondulating (0.14 to 0.155; 0.38;0.06).


Inscribed under the serpents (height of the inscribed area 0.185).


0.015; sigma with parallel outer bars; the letters are much erased and seem to have been cut deeply.

Place of Origin



Second century B.C.


Found before 1985 at Cyrene : exact findspot unrecorded.

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1985 at Shahat : Cyrene Museum .

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Dobias-Lalou, 2006 , pp. 91-94, whence SEG , 56.2030, A. Cf. Dobias-Lalou, 2016 , pp. 164-165, 171


Ἄ[ναξ], [ὃς] γεν̣[ν]ᾷς.


French translation

Seigneur, toi qui engendres.

English translation

O Lord, who gives life.

Italian translation

Signore, tu che dai la vita.

Arabic translation

يا إلهي، يا من تمنح الحياة.


The restoration is allowed by the parallel with IGCyr093500.

It cannot be decided whether ἄναξ is here a noun meaning 'lord' or a divine name. In the latter case, it also unclear whether it is the same deity as in IGCyr088400 and IGCyr088500.

In the 2006 publication C. Dobias-Lalou thought that this Anax might be a local figure assimilated to one of the Dioscuri, whom she thought was mentioned on a votive relief published in the same paper. This interpretation is now obsolete, as demonstrated at Dobias-Lalou, 2016 , and the identification of the deity or epithet mentioned here remains unclear.

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