Dedication to the Curete


Trismegistos ID: 738554

Source Description


Limestone altar with mouldings on top and below (0.61; 0.62;0.62).


Inscribed on three sides (front face = a ; lateral sides = b and c) under the upper moulding (0.54; 0.38;0.54).


0.035; slanting sigma, slightly smaller circular letters.

Place of Origin



Third century B.C. (lettering)


Found before 1960 at Cyrene , in the so called Agora of the Gods .

Later recorded Location

Seen by D. Morelli in 1960 in situ.

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1977 in situ.

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Morelli in SECir , 232 (no image); cf. Parisi Presicce, 2007 , p. 498.


side a
Κωρὴ̣[ς Κρη]τ̣ικός
side b
side c


a.1 Κωρὴ̣[ς Κρη]τ̣ικός : SECir  Κωρήτω

French translation

Courète Crétois. (J'appartiens à) Khartadas fils de Khartadas (?).

English translation

Cretan Curete. (I belong to) Chartadas son of Chartadas (?).

Italian translation

Curete Cretese. (Appartengo a) Chartadas figlio di Chartadas (?).


Morelli's side a) = IGCyr side c); Morelli's side b) = IGCyr side b) ; Morelli's side c) = IGCyr side a)

The surface is in very bad condition and nothing was read by C. Dobias-Lalou on the lateral faces, so that we are not able to indicate which one is on the right and which one is on the left. Morelli's readings might correspond to an owner's mark, consisting either of a man's name (side b) with homonymous father's name (side c), as in translations above, or of a name written twice and abbreviated on side c; in the latter case the meaning would be (I belong to) Chartadas; (I belong to)Charta(das).

Morelli's reading for side a), Κωρήτω, is not acceptable on grammatical grounds.

The mention Κρητικός is also attested in IGCyr019600.

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