Probably private honors


Trismegistos ID: 738528

Source Description


Marble base with the face damaged when re-used (width 0.77).


Inscribed on the face.


Height unknown.

Place of Origin

Cyrene .


Perhaps 360 to 350 B.C. (prosopography)


Found by C. Anti between 1925 and 1930 at Cyrene : re-used for the dressing of the larger basin of the Fountain of Apollo .

Present Location

Not found in 1960 by G. Pugliese Carratelli

Present Location

Not seen by IGCyr team.

Text constituted from

Transcription from previous editor.


SECir , 183 (no image). Cf. Laronde, 1987 , pp. 103 and 121.


Μελάνιππος Ἀριστάνδρω


French translation

Mélanippos fils d'Aristandros.

English translation

Melanippos son of Aristandros.

Italian translation

Melanippos figlio di Aristandros.


This base was published by Pugliese Carratelli from a drawing and a very succinct description of Anti's papers (without reference to a precise sketchbook).

As it was re-used on the border of the Sanctuary of Apollo, we suppose that the original place of the base was in the Sanctuary. If so, it was honorific and not funerary. In absence of any description of its upper face, this remains only probable.

It is an tantalizing guess of Laronde's to identify this man with the well known homonymous priest whose duty he was able to date about 335 B.C. Without any idea of the lettering, this should remain a hypothesis.

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