Dedication or name


Trismegistos ID: 738628

Source Description


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 : 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 , 1936, p. 5, Catani, 2007 pp. 121-126 (ph.; dr.), and Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique , 2008.604, whence SEG , 57.2028.


Φίλων ᾿Αγάθωνο̣-ς


French translation

Philôn fils d'Agathôn.

English translation

Philon son of Agathon.

Italian translation

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 , 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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