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 pleiades; HGL : probably one Necropolis (see commentary).
First half of third century B.C. (lettering)
Found in 1935 at Cyrene pleiades; HGL , 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 pleiades; HGL , 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 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 , 265 (no image); Gasperini, 1971 Gasperini, L., 1971, Le iscrizioni del Cesareo e della Basilica di Cirene, Quaderni di archeologia della Libia (QAL)6, 3-22 - see in bibliography , pp. 4-5 and fig. 2. Cf. Dobias-Lalou, 2016 Dobias-Lalou, C., 2016, Le toponyme Ptolemaion dans les inscriptions de Cyrène: un essai de clarification, Revue des Études Grecques (REG)129, 39-61 - see in bibliography , p. 45.
Erasis fils d'Épiklès.
Erasis son of Epikles.
Erasis figlio di Epikles.
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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