Trismegistos ID: 738734

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, Storeroom of the Italian missions, inv. number unknown.


Fragmentary relief with a heroised rider, probably of Parian marble, broken off at left and on top; the preserved part shows two figures facing each other: a young figure wearing a short chiton, with the right arm lifted and holding presumably the bridle of the lost horse, and the left arm folded up against a standing oval shield; a female figure wearing a chiton and a mantle dragging on the ground, that she holds up on her waist with her right arm (0.31; 0.28;0.08).


Inscribed on the plinth beneath the figures.


Dimensions not registered; only omega is complete.

Place of Origin

Cyrene .


Perhaps last quarter of second or some date in the first century B.C. (context, lettering)


Found by M. Luni between 2001 and 2006 at Cyrene : amongst the depot of sculptures in the so-called Temple of Cybele .

Last recorded Location

Seen by E. Rosamilia in 2010 in Shahat : in the Storeroom of the Italian missions , part of the Cyrene Museum.

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (ER).


Giovannini, 2014 , p. 71 and Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique , 2015.741; Dobias-Lalou, 2016 , p. 174.


[---]  ἥ̣ρ̣ως̣ ( vac. )


1 ἥ̣ρ̣ως̣ : Giovannini, 2014  [ὁ δεῖνα τοῦ δεῖνα ἱαριτε]ύ̣ων

French translation

[Untel] héros.

English translation

[So-and-so] hero.

Italian translation

[Il tale] eroe.

Arabic translation

[فلان] البطل


The inscription is known from a first mention in a study about sculpture by Giovannini, who got help from Rosamilia by way of a transfer of the inscribed letters on tracing paper. She then presented a drawing and reading that seems to differ too much from the usual mentions on such reliefs. From the photograph, Dobias-Lalou ( Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique , 2015.741) suggested the above reading, with which Rosamilia (per litteras, June 2015) now agrees.

For other inscribed mentions of heroized deads see commentary at IGCyr010001.

Giovannini mentions for this piece an inventory number 21 which should refer provisionnally to the group of sculptures found in the temple of Cybele during the excavations of 2001-2006.

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