Dedication on occasion of the telesphoria of Artemis


Trismegistos ID: 738511

Source Description


White marble base, probably belonging to a larger monument with one similar block at right (0.64; 0.115;0.46); the upper face has two small holes and its surface is worn away as if from water.


Inscribed in two lines on front face.


0.02; slanting sigma.

Place of Origin



Third century B.C. (lettering)


Found before 1960 at Cyrene : West of Sanctuary of Apollo .

Later recorded Location

Seen by G. Pugliese Carratelli in 1960 at Cyrene : West of Strategeion .

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1977 at the same place.

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


SECir , 145 (no image).


 [- max.4 -] ν̣ις Ιγισαντος (vac. 2) [---]  [---]  ( vac. ) Ἀρταμίτια τελεσ[φορέντες ἀνέθηκαν.]


1  [- max.4 -] ν̣ις : SECir  [---] ις

2 τελεσ[φορέντες ἀνέθηκαν.] : SECir  τελεσ[φορέντες ἀνέθηκαν.?]

French translation

 [---] nis fils d'Igisan a consacré (la statue de) [Untel fils d'Untel] à l'occasion de la telesphoria des Artamitia.

English translation

 [---] nis son of Igisan dedicated (the statue) of [So-and-so son of So-and-so] while celebrating the telesphoria of the Artamitia.

Italian translation

 [---] nis figlio di Igisan ha dedicato (la statua) del [tale figlio del tale] in occasione della telesphoria degli Artamitia.


At line 1, the missing part at right might have the name at the nominative of a second dedicant without mention of the object of the dedication. Line 2 is here restored after Pugliese Carratelli in this hypothesis, thus a participle and a verb at the plural. Alternatively, the lost name at line 1 was at the accusative the name of the man whose statue was dedicated and the restored part at line 2 should have the singular.

Several names ending with -νις are attested in Cyrenaica, amongst which Κάρνις is a tantalizing guess. However, as line 2 begins with a blank it is impossible to infer from it the exact number of missing letters in the name and other possibilities exist with four, three or two letters lost. We cautiously prefer to let it undecided.

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