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Trismegistos ID: 738492

Source Description


Rectangular white marble base, later reused for IGCyr097400 on the opposite side. On top, a circular hole near the right edge and two dovetail holes at left near fore and back edges: they might date either to the first or the second use or even after them. The base was slightly re-cut at right after its second use. The estimated original width of the base can be inferred from the layout and was about 1.01 (present dimensions 0.87; 0.29;0.62).


Inscribed in two lines on front face, symmetrically along vertical axis of the original width; it is exacltly this layout which allows us to estimate the above mentioned original width.


0.035; careful lettering, slanting sigma, narrow epsilon, short vertical right stroke of pi.

Place of Origin

Cyrene .


End of fourth century B.C.


Found in 1936 at Cyrene : on the agora .

Later recorded Location

Seen by Pugliese Carratelli in 1960 at Cyrene : in the so-called Temple of Hermes .

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 2010 at the same place.

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Oliverio, Taccuini inediti XVI.11, whence SECir , 117b (photo).


Ἄλκανδρος Ἐπιγένευς


French translation

Alkandros fils d'Epigénès.

English translation

Alkandros son of Epigenes.

Italian translation

Alkandros figlio di Epigenes.


Pugliese Carratelli, at SECir , said that he had seen the stone in the temple of Hermes and also mentioned from Oliverio's papers that it had been found «nell'Agorà». In fact, it does lay at the South-East corner of that temple, on the edge of the Street of Battos, under a good half meter of soil. So it is doubtful that it has much changed place between 1936 and nowadays. We think that 'Agora' must be taken in a broad sense that is the Quarter of the Agora (i.e. Luni's 'Quartiere dell'Agorà'). Between 1936 and 1960 (date of Pugliese Carratelli's visit) the spot had been cleared through demolishing the late tower built across Battos' Street between the Hall of the Orthostats and the Stoa of Hermes and Heracles.

As to its place in Antiquity, it may be assumed that both its former and later use as support of inscriptions would not have been out of place on the Agora proper or in another place of that area; however, as it has been re-cut later on it is not impossible that its findspot is linked to a third use in the latest phase of the temple of Hermes in the second century A.D. or in the later tower.

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