Dedication to Athena


Trismegistos ID: 738523

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, 3372.


White marble base with plain mouldings on top and below on three sides, reddish from earth; probably re-used upside down, whence a dowel hole in the lower face; the front face is broken off below (0.53; 0.30;0.32).


Inscribed in three lines on front face (0.49; 0.105;).


0.025; no serifs, dotted theta, large circular letters, slanting sigma.

Place of Origin



Fourth century B.C. (lettering)


Found by G. Oliverio not after 1938 at Cyrene : Sanctuary of Apollo (so-called 'Piazzale' Oliverio).

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1982 and again 1997 in Shahat : Cyrene Museum .

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Oliverio, Taccuini inediti XV.54, whence SECir , 175 (no image).


Θεύδωρος Ἡρακλείτω (vac. 1)[Ἀ]θ̣αν[αί]α̣ι̣ [(vac. 1)]


2 Ἡρακλείτω : SECir  Ἡρακλείτου

3 [Ἀ]θ̣αν[αί]α̣ι̣ : SECir  Ἀ̣θ̣αν[---] 

3a (after line 3, SECir, 175 has a lost line that is not confirmed by observation of the stone)

French translation

Theudôros fils d'Hèrakleitos (a consacré ce monument) à Athèna.

English translation

Theudoros son of Herakleitos (dedicated this monument) to Athena.

Italian translation

Theudoros figlio di Herakleitos (ha dedicato questo monumento) ad Atena.


This inscription was known to Pugliese Carratelli only through a drawing of Oliverio's, not given in the publication.

The condition of the stone, observed again in 1997 by C. Dobias-Lalou, was worse than in 1982, so that line 3 is now completely lost. But the photograph and squeeze made in 1982 allow a better reading at that line. The name of the dedicant has a dialectal form, as well as the ending of his father's name. This would be surprising if he was an Athenian. Moreover, the faint traces of alpha and iota at the end of the line and the space at left before the first letter make much more plausible the name of the goddess Athena: the base was a dedication and was placed where she was worshipped inside Apollo's sanctuary.

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