Tithe for Apollo


Trismegistos ID: 738564

Source Description


White marble rectangular base, broken off at left, re-used upside down on left face for IRCyr C.332 (0.53; 0.18;0.46).


Inscribed in two lines on the upper part of front face.


0.022 to 0.03; deeply cut letters without serifs, dotted theta, kappa with large oblique bars, slanting mu and sigma, open and not too small omega.

Place of Origin



Probably fourth century B.C. (lettering)


Found in 1934 at Cyrene : Sanctuary of Apollo , in the Eastern part of the Terrace of the Fountain .

Later recorded Location

Seen in 1960 by D. Morelli (see commentary).

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou several times between 1983 and 2004 in the Sanctuary of Apollo , East of the Grotto of the Priests.

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


MorelliSECir , 248 a (ph.).


[...] άνθης Κλευδάμω [Ἀπ]όλλωνι δεκάταν.


1 [...] άνθης : SECir  [---] άνθης : Fraser-Matthews, 1987  [Πολι]άνθης

French translation

 [---] anthès fils de Kleudamos (a consacré ce monument) à Apollon au titre de la dîme.

English translation

 [---] anthes son of Kleudamos (dedicated this monument) to Apollo as a tithe.

Italian translation

 [---] anthes figlio di Kleudamos (ha dedicato questo monumento) ad Apollo come decima.


The name of the dedicant was restored as Πολιάνθης in Fraser-Matthews, 1987 by Fraser himself or on Reynolds' proposal, presumably because of its numerous occurrences in Cyrenaean omomastics. However Dobias-Lalou thinks that only three letters are missing. Although that restoration, including an iota, is not impossible, the name Δαμάνθης in also known in Cyrenaica and would fit the gap. So it seems better to remain cautious about the lost letters.

Morelli's indication about the place of observation is very vague («Piazzale, a destra del Santuario di Apollo, guardando verso lo Strategeion»). However it allows to think that the stone has not been moved between 1960 and 1983. We thus suppose that he saw it in the same area where it still lay in 2004. About the excavations of that area we now take advantage of the ancient reports published by Luni, 2014 , p. 141.

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