Limestone altar (0.63; 0.315;0.455).
Inscribed on the right part of one long side.
0.011 to 0.022
Place of Origin
Admittedly Hellenistic (monument-type)
Found before 1960 at Cyrene pleiades; HGL , in the so called Agora of the Gods .
Last recorded Location
Seen by D. Morelli in 1960 in situ.
Not seen by IGCyr team.
Text constituted from
Transcription from editor.
SECir Oliverio, G., Pugliese-Carratelli, G., Morelli, D., 1961-1962, Supplemento Epigrafico Cirenaico, Annuario della Scuola Archeologica di Atene e delle Missioni Italiane in Oriente (ASAA)39-40 (= n.s. 23-24), 219-375 - see in bibliography , 233 (no image); cf. Parisi Presicce, 2007 Parisi Presicce, C., 2007, Apobomios, epibomios, probomios: indagini sul culto di Apollo a Cirene, in L. Gasperini, S. Marengo (eds.), Cirene e la Cirenaica nell'antichità: atti del convegno internazionale di studi, Roma-Frascati, 18-21 dicembre 1996, Ichnia9, 491-524Tivoli, - see in bibliography , p. 498.
[---] de l'autel.
[---] of the altar.
The beginning of the line might contain Μ̣η̣λ̣[ιχίω], but the relation with βώμιος would not be clear. Furthermore, Melikhios is not attested inside the Sanctuary of Apollo.
The adjective βώμιος is used by the Attic tragic poets, applying to a suppliant touching the altar, to a victim about to be slaughtered on it, to a prayer uttered in front of it. On the other hand, an adjective compound with -βώμιος, such as ἀποβώμιος would be an interesting alternative, as the unclear lambda might also be an alpha. However this word, already attested at Cyrene, is cut on a vase 'not to be put on the altar' (IGCyr109700), whereas it is hardly plausible that it may be cut with the same meaning on the altar itself. A new examination might be fruitful if the stone was traced.
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