Trismegistos ID: 738578

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, inv. number unknown.


White marble base, with plain mouldings on top and below, hammered at right (0.68; 0.275;0.315).


Inscribed twice on one line on the face between the mouldings (0.65; 0.185;0.27).


0.03; no serifs; phi with ovale loop.

Place of Origin



End of fourth or beginning of third century B.C. (lettering)


Found before 1960 at Cyrene : presumably from one Necropolis .

Last recorded Location

Seen in 1979 by C. Dobias-Lalou in Shahat : in front of the Casa Parisi, which is part of the Cyrene Museum .

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Morelli in SECir , 268 (no image); Masson, 1976 , p. 62 (= Masson, 1990 , p. 298); Dobias-Lalou, 2000 , p. 43, whence SEG , 50.1637.


Λάρα Φιλη〚 [c. 4 - 5]Λάρα Φιλη〚 [c. 4 - 5]


1-and-2 Dobias-Lalou, 2000  Λάρα Φιλη〚 [c. 4 - 5]〛 : SECir  Λαραφίλη : Masson, 1976  Λαρα φίλη

French translation

Lara fille de Philè〚 [---] 〛.

Lara fille de Philè〚 [---] 〛.

English translation

Lara daughter of Phile〚 [---] 〛.

Lara daughter of Phile〚 [---] 〛.

Italian translation

Lara figlia di Phile〚 [---] 〛.

Lara figlia di Phile〚 [---] 〛.


This base in its present condition seems to be the result of a failed work; the same names were written twice with the same lettering and the right end of each line was later hammered. Two possible names for the father would be Φίληκις or Φιλήμων.

Masson thought the name Λαρα to be perhaps of Libyan origin. However a Greek explanation is perfectly possible. C. Dobias-Lalou, notwithstanding the explanation given at Dobias-Lalou, 2000 , p. 43, is now convinced that this name is based upon the adjective λαρός, 'pleasant, sweet'.

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