Trismegistos ID: 738461

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, 149.


Two joining fragments from a small white marble plain base with a circular hole near the left fore angle of the upper side; fragment b seems is now missing: ; (the two joined fragments, as given by Oliverio0.295; 0.08;0.27; fragment a alone is wide 0.22 at back).


Inscribed on front face (which is 0.10 wide at fragment a).


0.018; thickening ends of letters rather than real serifs; slanting sigma.

Place of Origin



Second half of fourth century B.C. (lettering)


Found on August 24th, 1925 at Cyrene : Sanctuary of Apollo , East of the Altar of Apollo , between it and the vestiges of the oldest altar.

Later recorded Location

Fragment a only seen by Morelli in 1960 in Shahat : Cyrene Museum ; fragment b was probably already lost at the time.

Last recorded Location

Fragment a only, seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1979 in the same museum.

Text constituted from

Transcription from the stone (fragment a) and previous editors (CDL).


Oliverio, 1927 , p. 157 (mention) Oliverio, Taccuini inediti , XI.87 and Anti, Taccuini inediti , I.27, whence Pugliese Carratelli, SECir , 29 (both fragments) and again Morelli, SECir , 247 (fragment a only). Cf. Stucchi, 1992 , p. 62 (discovery).


Ἰάσων Ἵππι[ος] ἱαριτεύων ἀνέ[θηκε].


1 Ἵππι[ος] : SECir  Ἱππι[---] 

French translation

Iasôn fils d'Hippis a consacré (ce monument) durant sa prêtrise.

English translation

Iason son of Hippis dedicated (this monument) while being priest.

Italian translation

Iason figlio di Hippis ha dedicato (questo monumento) quando era sacerdote.


This inscription was published by Pugliese Carratelli in the first part of SECir from Oliverio's drawing, which is printed there. As only fragment a was to be found in the epigraphic storeroom of the Museum, Morelli published it separately in the third part of the same collection without identifying it.

In Fraser-Matthews, 1987 , the name is restored as Ἱππίας and the date is given as 'perhaps third century B.C.'. However, the restoration of one single letter at the end of l. 1 seems too short and the lettering is clearly earlier.

It is therefore quite plausible that this priest was the same man as  [---] ων son of Hippis, mentioned, probably as a military officer, in IGCyr009100.

Even if the god's name is not mentioned, it may be inferred from the findspot that the monument was dedicated to Apollo.

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