Limestone sarcophagus (dimensions unknown).
Inscribed on the slope of the lid (wide 0.55).
Place of Origin
Probably second half of third or first half of second century B.C. (J.M. Reynolds) (lettering)
Found by A. Rowe in 1954 at Cyrene pleiades; HGL : North Necropolis , North-West of tomb N81 Cassels, 11 m. S-W of sarcophagus N81-P.
Later recorded Location
Seen by J.M. Reynolds before 1987 in situ.
Last recorded Location
Seen by J.C. Thorn before 2001 in situ.
Not seen by IGCyr team.
Text constituted from
Transcription from previous mentions (CDL).
Rowe, 1959 Rowe, A., 1959, in A. Rowe, J.F. Healy (eds.), Cyrenaican Expeditions of the University of Manchester 1955, 1956, 1957; comprising an account of the excavated areas of the cemeteries at Cyrene and of objects found in 1952 by Alan Rowe, M.A. together with descriptions of the coins by John F. Healy, M.A., Ph.D., F.R.N.S., Manchester, 1-29 - see in bibliography , p. 9; Fraser-Matthews, 1987 Fraser, P.M., Matthews, E. (eds.), 1987, Lexicon of Greek Personal Names, I: The Aegean Islands, Cyprus, Cyrenaica, Oxford - see in bibliography , p. 202; Thorn-Thorn, 2009 Thorn, D.M., Thorn, J.C. (eds.), 2009, A Gazetteer of the Cyrene Necropolis from the original notebooks of John Cassels, Richard Tomlinson and James and Dorothy Thorn, Studia Archaeologica161, Roma - see in bibliography , p. 49.
Rowe mentioned the place of this unexcavated sarcophagus and the name on it. J.M. Reynolds gave a date to Fraser and Matthews and the Thorns confirmed the place of the name on the lid, so that they all presumably saw the inscription.
As mentioned at IGCyr009700, feminine names in -ίς are not common in Cyrenaica. However this one is supported by a variant Ἡραίς, name of a Cyrenaean woman in Egypt (see also at IGCyr009430). Bechtel, 1902 Bechtel, F., 1902, Die attischen Frauennamen nach ihren Systeme dargestellt, Göttingen - see in bibliography , p. 55 explained this name, alongside with masculine Ἡραῖος as derived from the month-name Heraios, probably the month during which those people were born.
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