Names, perhaps dedications


Trismegistos ID: 738703

Source Description


Rock-cut altar(s) with compartment(s) (dimensions unknown).


Inscribed on front face, below the compartment.


Height unknown; slightly dissymmetrical nu.

Place of Origin



Perhaps third or second century B.C. (context, lettering)


Found by M. Luni in 2007 at Cyrene : along the road to Balagrae, next to the Eastern limit of the Southern temple precinct .

Later recorded Location

Observed by G. Paci in 2008 in situ.

Last recorded Location

Seen by E. Rosamilia in 2010 in situ.

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (GP).


Paci, 2011 , p. 268 and fig. 13.4, 5, 6, whence SEG , 61.1555.A.1. Cf. Gasparini-Rosamilia, 2016 , pp. 190-195.


textpart a
[---] ηνος Φιλo[---] 
textpart b


French translation

a)  [---] ènos fils de Philο [---] .

b) Intraduisible.

English translation

a)  [---] enos son of Philο [---] .

b) Not usefully translatable.

Italian translation

a)  [---] enos figlio di Philο [---] .

b) Intraducibile.


We edit Paci's reading, for whom line 1 might have a personal name followed by the father's name (or by the name of another person). The relation with the letters below is far from clear: perhaps the beginning of a third name.Those are, as elsewhere, personal names inscribed in front of rock-cut escharai , probably used for personal offerings of their owner or user to an unknown deity.

Dobias-Lalou' commentary: although this area does not seem to have divine names, they are also common on such altars, whereas fathers' names are quite uncommon. Another reading of line 1 might thus be [Ζ]ηνός. Φιλο [---]  . Zeus and the Eumenides are the deities worshipped on similar altars in the vicinity (see IGCyr133300, IGCyr133400, IGCyr133500, IGCyr133600, IGCyr133700, IGCyr133800, IGCyr134000 and IGCyr134200).

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