Trismegistos ID: 738736

Source Description


Limestone sarcophagus with double slope lid surmounted by a platform for a half-statue (wide 1.0; long 2.3).


Inscribed on the Northern part of the Eastern slope of the lid, in two lines.


Unknown; slantering mu and sigma; upsilon with tall tail.

Place of Origin



Perhaps fourth century B.C. (lettering, context)


Found between 1955 and 1957 by A. Rowe at Cyrene : North Necropolis , sarcophagus N 81.AA.

Present Location

Not found by IGCyr team.

Text constituted from

Transcription from editor and photograph (CDL).


Rowe, 1959 , p. 8 and pl. 21 (photo). Cf. Fraser-Matthews, 1987 , p. 269.


Λῦσ{ισ}ις / (Λύσιος) Κόμων / (Κόμωνος)


French translation

Lysis fils de Lysis. Komôn fils de Komôn.

English translation

Lysis son of Lysis. Komon son of Komon.

Italian translation

Lysis figlio di Lysis. Komon figlio di Komon.

Arabic translation

ليسيس بن ليسيس. كومون بن كومون.


Rowe was only able to give a copy in block-letters. Although the reading is not quite easy to check from the photograph, the sequence may be interpreted, supposing that ΙΣ was cut twice. Those surplus letters at line 1 and the oblique stroke at the end of each line prevented Rowe from offering an interpretation. Whereas the mention of the two Komon at line 2 was registered by Fraser-Matthews, 1987 (obviously on J.M. Reynolds' advice), the two Lysis were not.

This instance of the oblique stroke for abbreviating a father's name identical with the son's one is probably the most ancient one. For another instance of Hellenistic age, see IGCyr033100, a.I.10 and b.161. There are more occurrences in the Roman period

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