Private honors (?)


Trismegistos ID: 738559

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, 384.


Left part of a white marble base with mouldings on top and below, sawn off at right; a circular hole in what remains of the upper face might be related to a re-use (0.20; 0.205;0.365).


Inscribed in four lines on front face between both mouldings (0.185; 0.115;0.32).


0.02; carefully cut, regular letters without serifs; dotted theta, nearly symmetrical nu, xi without vertical stroke, slanting sigma.

Place of Origin



End of fourth or beginning of third century B.C. (lettering)


Found before 1960 at Cyrene : exact finsdpot unrecorded.

Last recorded Location

Seen by Dobias-Lalou in 1977 in Shahat : Cyrene Museum .

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Morelli in SECir , 237 (no image).


Σθένων[α ---]  Πρᾶξις Κ[---] , Σθένων Κ[---] , , Ἀριστόκριτ[ος ---] 


1 Σθένων[α ---]  : SECir  Σθένων [τοῦ δεῖνος]

French translation

(La statue de) Sthénôn (fils d'Untel) (a été consacrée par) Praxis fils de K [---] , Sthénôn fils de K [---]  et Aristokritos [fils d'Untel].

English translation

(The statue of) Sthenon (son of So-and-so) (was dedicated by) Praxis son of K [---] , Sthenon son of K [---]  and Aristokritos [son of So-and-so].

Italian translation

(La statua di) Sthenon (figlio del tale) (è stata dedicata da) Praxis figlio di K [---] , Sthenon figlio di K [---]  e Aristokritos [figlio del tale].


As there seems to be no room for the mention of a deity to whom a dedication would be made or for the verb of dedication, the most probable formula is that of private honors in the form of a statue standing on the base. Usually, the name of the person featured is first mentioned at the accusative, followed by the name(s) of the dedicant(s) at the nominative. If it is the case, Praxis (l. 2) and Sthenon (l. 3) would be brothers to each other and would certainly be related to the Sthenon of line 1. For Aristokritos, we cannot know his relation with the precedings.

Alternatively, but less probably, Aristokritos might be (at the accusative) the person featured in the statue and the men mentioned at lines 1 to 3 would all three be dedicants (at the nominative). However such an order would be less usual.

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