Dedication to a god Soter


Trismegistos ID: 738570

Source Description


Small marble block broken off at left (0.44; 0.29;0.16).


Inscribed on the face.



Place of Origin

Cyrene .


Admittedly Hellenistic


First seen by D. Morelli in 1960 at Cyrene : in a a rock-cut chamber uphill opposite the Stepped Portico (see commentary).

Present Location

Not found by IGCyr team.

Text constituted from

Transcription from previous editor.


Morelli in SECir , 256 (no image).


[---]  [Π]ο̣λιάνθευς [---]  [Σ]ωτῆρι


French translation

(Untel) fils de Polianthès (a consacré ce monument) à  [---]  Sôter.

English translation

(So-and-so) son of Polianthes (dedicated this monument) to  [---]  Soter.

Italian translation

(Il tale) figlio di Polianthes (ha dedicato questo monumento) a  [---]  Sotere.


This inscription is known only from Morelli's transcription. His description of the provenance is inaccurate, as he speaks of «una delle tombe a monte della strada di Batto». Those rock-cut chambers, being inside the city walls, cannot be tombs. They were used as troglodytic habitations in modern times and may have also been so in antiquity, but are deprived of any archaeological context. One of them was also used as an interim shelter for antiquities at the beginning of World War II (see Goodchild, 1976 , p. 321). The position of this stone might be late outcome of those events.

The date of this inscription is very uncertain, as is the use of the epithet Σωτήρ, either for Apollo or Zeus, the cult of whom expanded under the Ptolemies. In this prospect, it was conventionally decided to place it into the Hellenistic period. A formula with the dative does not seem to allow a third possibility, with Soter as epithet of one of the Ptolemies themselves: such dedication have ὑπέρ and the genitive.

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