Dedication to Apollo


Trismegistos ID: 738516

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, 267.


Fragmentary grey marble block, broken off at left and back, with front, right and upper faces well smoothed (0.105; 0.065;0.145); there is a circular hollow on the upper face.


Inscribed in two lines on front face (a); line 2 extends on right face (b).


0.012 to 0.015; eta, iota, kappa and rho are taller than theta, nu, sigma, whereas omicron is still smaller; epsilon with three short bars, dotted theta, nu shorter at right and leaning towards right.

Place of Origin



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


Found before 1960 at Cyrene : plausibly from the Sanctuary of Apollo .

Later recorded Location

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

Last recorded Location

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

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


SECir , 150 (photo).


| [---]  [---] ορος | (vac.) | [---]  [Ἀπόλλω]ν̣ι : ἀνέθ | ηκε (vac.)


French translation

[Untel] fils de  [---] [ô]r a consacré (ce monument)  [---]  à Apollon.

English translation

[So-and-so] son of  [---] [o]r dedicated (this monument)  [---]  to Apollo.

Italian translation

[Il tale] figlio di  [---] [o]r ha dedicato (questo monumento)  [---]  ad Apollo.


The ending -ορος can only be the genitive ending of a name in ωρ, presumably a compound in -ανωρ, father's name of the wholly lost name of the dedicant.

At line 2, the last three letters were cut on the right side, presumably by lack of space; however, for sake of symmetry, the line might perhaps have begun with three letters cut on the lost left side. Anyway, the letters are much more pressed together at line 2 than at line 1, so that the space necessary for the six lost letters of Ἀπόλλωνι would not allow to restore a name and part of a father's name at line 1. Thus something else should have stood at the beginning of l. 2, perhaps naming the dedicated object, which micht be a basin.

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