Trismegistos ID: 738498

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, 271.


Fragment of light-grey marble base broken off at left, right and below (0.16; 0.06;0.12); on top there is a circular depression, leaving a polished margin (width at most 0.035).


Inscribed on front face.


0.015; not very careful lettering, smaller omicron, slanting mu and sigma, upper part of upsilon widely open.

Place of Origin



Third century B.C. (lettering)


Found in 1934 by G. Oliverio at Cyrene : Sanctuary of Apollo (see commentary).

Later recorded Location

Seen by G. Pugliese Caratelli in 1960 in Shahat : Cyrene Museum .

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou at the same place in 1976.

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Oliverio, Taccuini inediti , VI.71, whence SECir , 128; erroneously republished by Mohamed-Reynolds, 1998 , pp. 139-40 n. 1a, cf. Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique , 1999.625, whence SEG , 48.2063.


[---] ος (vac. 1) Κομ[άτα? ἱαρι]τεύω[ν] - - - - - -?


1 Κομ[άτα?] : SECir  Κομ[---]  : Mohamed-Reynolds, 1998  Κομ[ανῶ?]

French translation

 [---] os fils de Kom[atas?] (a consacré ce monument) durant sa prêtrise - - - - - -?

English translation

 [---] os son of Kom[atas?] (dedicated this monument) while being priest - - - - - -?

Italian translation

 [---] os figlio di Kom[atas?] (ha dedicato questo monumento) quando era sacerdote - - - - - -?


The re-publication of the fragment by Mohamed-Reynolds, 1998 , pp. 139-40 n. 1a is the result of an error on the inventory number; given there as 2072, it would have proven a common provenance with other objects found at Martūbah, whereas the very clear photo shows the inventory number 271, corresponding to the stone seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1976 and published after autopsy by Pugliese Carratelli with help of Oliverio's archive for the findspot. We infer the date of find from the number of the latter's notebook.

As to the father's name, we reject the restoration Κομανός, a Roman name, and prefer the Greek name Κομάτας. It is thus worth mentioning that this is the father's name of two different men having a personal name ending with -os, one known as an officer about 340 at IGCyr006800, the other having contibuted to a subscription about 280 at IGCyr065210. However the present inscription is too fragmentary to hold an identification for certain.

Rather than an altar ( pace Mohamed-Reynolds, 1998 ), this base might have been surmounted by a stone basin of a type often dedicated in the sanctuary of Apollo.

The stone is broken below, so that the dedication may have been complete with the preserved two lines, but may also have included the verb of dedication and the name of the god on more lines below.

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