Limestone altar with two compartments, each of which having a double notch in front (0.69; 0.16;0.425); some traces of reddish paint; now broken into two adjacent pieces.
Inscribed on front face, in correspondence with the fore left angle of each compartment (a and b).
0.03 to 0.04; deeply cut letters, alpha with low bar, spool-shaped zeta.
Place of Origin
Perhaps fourth century B.C. (lettering)
Found in 1933 by G. Oliverio at Cyrene pleiades; HGL : Sanctuary of Apollo, West of the Wall of Nicodamos .
Later recorded Location
Seen by D. Morelli in 1960 in situ.
Last recorded Location
Seen in situ by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1983 and again in 2010, when the two pieces had been detached.
Text constituted from
Transcription from stone (CDL).
Morelli in 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 , 234 (no image). Cf. Gasparini-Rosamilia, 2016 Gasparini, M., Rosamilia, E., 2016, I nuovi altari rupestri extraurbani dallo Uadi Belgadir e il culto di Zeus e delle Eumenidi, in V. Purcaro, O. Mei, Cirene greca e romana II, Monografie di archeologia libica, 44, Cirene Atene d'Africa9, 189-217 - see in bibliography , p. 206, footnote 55.
(Autels de) Z(- - -)(eus?) et d'A(pollo?).
(Altars of) Z(- - -)(eus?) and of A(pollo?).
(Altari di) Z(- - -)(eus?) e di A(pollo?).
Morelli hesitantly suggested the expansion of the abbreviations. E. Rosamilia now points out that the names of Athena or Aphrodite would also be possible readings. The former is at some places associated with Zeus and the latter is also mentioned on some altars in the sanctuary. On the other hand, Apollo is the most important god in this sanctuary. The question should necessarily remain open.
About the clearance of the area and the discovery of the group of altars (IGCyr102800, IGCyr102900, IGCyr103000, IGCyr103200, IGCyr103300, IGCyr103400) see Luni, 2014 Luni, M., 2014, Attività di Carlo Anti, Luigi Pernier e Gaspare Oliverio (1923-1938), in M. Luni (ed.), La scoperta di Cirene. Un secolo di scavi, 1913-2013, Monografie di archeologia libica37, Cirene Atene d'Africa8, Roma, 123-156 - see in bibliography , p. 141.
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