Private honors


Trismegistos ID: 738531

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, inv. number unknown.


Two adjacent fragments of a white marble base with two holes for attachment of a statue on top; recut at left, so that the hole for the right foot of the statue is partly lost; also recut at back on the right with a large notch; chipped off at right of upper edge and more severely below in the middle (fragment a 0.28; 0.28;0.61; fragment b 0.242; 0.283;0.64).


Inscribed carefully on the front face in two lines and a third one, smaller, below, all of them centred along vertical axis.


ll. 1-2: 0.035; l. 3: 0.012; slight serifs, slanting sigma, widely open upper part of upsilon, rather widely open omega.

Place of Origin

Cyrene .


Ca. 250 B.C. (lettering)


Fragment b was found in 1958 at Cyrene : in the agora , reused in the substructures of the fence of the Audience Hall (Praetorium) that in the fourth century A.D. replaced the Augusteum ; no provenance is known for fragment a, which was registered in Oliverio's papers, whence found before 1937.

Later recorded Location

Studied by C. Dobias-Lalou in 2001 and again in 2010 in Shahat : Cyrene Museum .

Last recorded Location

Studied by E. Rosamilia in 2010 at the same place.

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL and ER).


Fragment a : Oliverio, Taccuini inediti , II.64, whence SECir , 187, fig. 138; both fragments: Gasperini, 1965 , p. 316, pl. LVII.3 (= Gasperini, 2008 , p. 44, fig. 18,3 ), and again Gasperini, 1967 , pp. 168-169, n. 16, fig. 200 (= Gasperini, 2008 , p. 82, n. 16, fig. 16), whence SEG , 58.1890; Gasperini, 2008 , pp. 537 and 542. Cf. Rosamilia, 2014 , n. 6.


[Λ]ῦσις [Πο]λυβώλω. «Θεύμανδ̣»[ρος ἐπ]ο̣ί̣η̣σ̣ε̣ν


3 Rosamilia, 2014  «Θεύμανδ̣»[ρος] : Gasperini, 2008  Θεύμανδ̣[ρος] : SECir , Gasperini, 1965  [---]  Θευμάνδ̣[ρω]

French translation

Lysis fils de Polybôlos. Oeuvre de Theumandros.

English translation

Lysis son of Polybolos. Theumandros was the artist.

Italian translation

Lysis figlio di Polybolos. Opera di Theumandros.


A link with the priest of the lists of subscribers (IGCyr065200 and IGCyr065210), also mentioned at IGCyr020000), suggested by Gasperini, is now irrelevant, as his name is now completely known as Νικόβωλος.

Rosamilia rightly points that the artist's name is cut in a shallow depression, although it is not possible to guess whether a former inscription was erased because of a change of sculptor or because of a mere mistake of the stone-cutter.

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