Trismegistos ID: 738573

Source Description


Two adjacent limestone blocks of the wall sustaining the upper Terrace (block a: width 1.13; block b: width 1.14; overall : 2.27; 0.57;depth not measurable).


Inscribed on front faces across both blocks, centred along vertical axis.


0.055 to 0.105; wide alpha, non-symmetrical nu, dotted theta, smaller omega.

Place of Origin



Probably fourth century B.C. (lettering, context)


Found by L. Pernier in 1930 at Cyrene : Sanctuary of Apollo , sustaining wall of the Fountain Terrace .

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in situ many times since 1977.

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Morelli in SECir , 260 (ph.). Cf. Parisi Presicce, 1992 , p. 157, footnote 28.


Παιανίκα Θεάρω 〚[Ἐπ]ι̣〛γένευς


1-2 Θεάρω | [Ἐπ]ι̣γένευς : SECir  Θεαρω|γένευς

French translation

Paianika fille de Théaros, [petite-fille d' Épi?]génès.

English translation

Paianika daughter of Thearos, [granddaughter of Epi?]genes.

Italian translation

Paianika figlia di Thearos, [nipote di Epi?]genes.


The beginning of l. 2 is slightly erased, probably for accommodation of another monument placed here. Our restoration at line 2 relies on the space available and on the regular spacement of the subsisting letters. This second name at the genitive may be that of Paianika's grand-father (our translation) or her husband's, but in such a case the word γυνά would be expected.

The sustaining wall of the terrace was wholly uncovered during the excavations of the area West of the Strategeion under Pernier's responsability during the summer 1930. The publication of the inscriptions was delated because of World War II. Parisi Presicce excavated the area again from 1987 on. He suggested that the present inscription was a dedication to Παίαν by a thearos (sacred ambassador), a reading that does not take all elements into account.

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