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 pleiades; HGL : 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 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 , 248 a (ph.).
1 [...] άνθης : 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 [---] άνθης : Fraser-Matthews, 1987 Fraser, P.M., Matthews, E. (eds.), 1987, Lexicon of Greek Personal Names, I: The Aegean Islands, Cyprus, Cyrenaica, Oxford - see in bibliography [Πολι]άνθης
[---] anthès fils de Kleudamos (a consacré ce monument) à Apollon au titre de la dîme.
[---] anthes son of Kleudamos (dedicated this monument) to Apollo as a tithe.
[---] 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 Fraser, P.M., Matthews, E. (eds.), 1987, Lexicon of Greek Personal Names, I: The Aegean Islands, Cyprus, Cyrenaica, Oxford - see in bibliography 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 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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