Cyrene Museum, 645.
Limestone stele with pediment separated by an Ionic frieze from a relief of phallus with sacred strips; broken off below (dimensions 0.20; 0.33; -).
Lightly scratched on the pediment (up to 0.21; 0?12; -).
Average 0.018, very irregular, especially the circular letters.
Place of Origin
Perhaps third century B.C.
Found by L. Pernier on August 26th, 1936 at Cyrene pleiades; HGL : in the so-called ' Rock-cut sanctuary near the Sacred Cave '.
Last recorded Location
Seen in 2001 by C. Dobias-Lalou in Shahat : Cyrene Museum .
Text constituted from
Transcription from stone (CDL).
From Pernier, Taccuini inediti Pernier, L., Taccuini inediti, kept at the Università degli Studi di Macerata - see in bibliography , 1936, p. 5, Catani, 2007 Catani, E., 2007, Les objets sacrés du sanctuaire d'Apollon à Cyrène dans les journaux de fouille de Luigi Pernier tenus de 1925 à 1936, in C. Dobias-Lalou (ed.), Questions de religion cyrénéenne: actes du colloque de Dijon, 21-23 mars 2002, Karthago27, Paris, 103-129 - see in bibliography pp. 121-126 (ph.; dr.), and Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique Dobias-Lalou, C.Bulletin Épigraphique in Études Grecques (REG)1987- - see in bibliography , 2008.604, whence SEG Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum, Leiden, then Amsterdam, 1923-1971, then 1979- - see in bibliography , 57.2028.
Philôn fils d'Agathôn.
Philon son of Agathon.
Philon figlio di Agathon.
The typology, decoration and findspot of the stele are clues for a votive offering. Catani believed that the name might belongs to the dedicant; conscious that it was a careless graffito he suggested that it had been scratched provisionally on the top of the stele in the workshop before being cut carefully below on the lost part. Conversely, as the graffito is much less careful than the making of the stele, C. Dobias-Lalou proposed ( Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique Dobias-Lalou, C.Bulletin Épigraphique in Études Grecques (REG)1987- - see in bibliography , 2008.604) that it had been added later on by a visitor of the small sanctuary.
The photograph of the graffito is very clear and shows that Pernier's drawing was not very acurate.
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