Trismegistos ID: 738576

Source Description


White marble base with plain mouldings on top and below on three sides, broken off at upper left angle (0.71; 0.28;0.52).


Inscribed in one line on front face (0.63; 0.125;0.46).


0.025; slanting sigma, rho with small loop, epsilon with short middle bar, no serifs.

Place of Origin

Cyrene : probably one Necropolis (see commentary).


First half of third century B.C. (lettering)


Found in 1935 at Cyrene , inside the Hellenistic Gymnasium (later Caesareum ), between the Western portico and the central temple of Roman date.

Later recorded Location

Seen and drawn on August 23rd, 1969 by L. Gasperini at Cyrene , outside the Hellenistic Gymnasium (later Caesareum ), placed on the wall opposite the Eastern porch.

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1985 and again in 2001 at the same place.

Text constituted from

Transcription form stone (CDL).


Morelli in SECir , 265 (no image); Gasperini, 1971 , pp. 4-5 and fig. 2. Cf. Dobias-Lalou, 2016 , p. 45.


Ἔρασις Ἐπικλεῦς


French translation

Erasis fils d'Épiklès.

English translation

Erasis son of Epikles.

Italian translation

Erasis figlio di Epikles.

Arabic translation

إيراسيس بن إبيكليس


Gasperini supposed the base to be votive, which would not be incompatible with the Gymnasium which anteceded the Caesareum. However, the lack of footprints on the upper face and the mouldings cut only on three sides are clear clues for the type of bases that supported half-statues of funerary goddesses in Cyrenaean tombs; so C. Dobias-Lalou suggests that it was brought from one near Necropolis, either Southern or Eastern.

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