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 pleiades; HGL : 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 Dobias-Lalou, C., 2006, Le héros Dioscure à Apollonia de Cyrénaïque, in E. Fabbricotti, O. Menozzi (eds.), Cirenaica: studi, scavi e scoperte: atti del X Convegno di Archeologia Cirenaica, Chieti 24-26 Novembre 2003, BAR international series1488, Oxford, 85-96 - see in bibliography , pp. 91-94, whence SEG Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum, Leiden, then Amsterdam, 1923-1971, then 1979- - see in bibliography , 56.2030, A. Cf. Dobias-Lalou, 2016 Dobias-Lalou, C., 2016, D'un prétendu héros Dioscure aux défunts héroïsés, Libya Antiqua (LibAnt)n.s. 9, 163-176 - see in bibliography , pp. 164-165, 171
Seigneur, toi qui engendres.
O Lord, who gives life.
Signore, tu che dai la vita.
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 Dobias-Lalou, C., 2016, D'un prétendu héros Dioscure aux défunts héroïsés, Libya Antiqua (LibAnt)n.s. 9, 163-176 - see in bibliography , and the identification of the deity or epithet mentioned here remains unclear.
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