Trismegistos ID: 738779

Source Description


Rock-cut tomb with six loculi (dimensions unknown).


Inscribed in two lines over lintel of loculus 5.


Dimensions unknown; no description of the lettering.

Place of Origin



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


Seen and copied by J. Cassels in 1954 at Cyrene : North Necropolis , tomb N384.

Last recorded Location

Seen by the Thorns in 2002 in situ (they describe two adjacent tombs and this is the left one).

Present Location

Not seen by IGCyr team.

Text constituted from

Transcription from previous mentions (CDL).


Thorn-Thorn, 2009 , p. 126 (diplomatic copy from Cassels' notebook; no image).


Χάρωνος ΑΝΘΟ


2 Thorn-Thorn, 2009  ΑΝΘΟ (Thorn's reading) : Thorn-Thorn, 2009  [.] ΘΟ (Cassels' Grey Book)

French translation

(Tombe) de Kharôn et de  [---] .


(Tombe) de Kharôn fils de  [---] .

English translation

(Tomb) of Charon and of  [---] .


(Tomb) of Charon son of  [---] .

Italian translation

(Tomba) di Charon e di  [---] .


(Tomba) di Charon figlio di  [---] .


With two names above the same loculus and the first one at the genitive case, it is impossible to decide whether the second name is a father's name or the name of a second person also placed into the same loculus.

Confronting the diplomatic transcriptions of Cassels and the Thorns, we may imagine several restorations for the second line: either, with one letter missing at the beginning, the name Ξάνθος, a well-known Greek name not hitherto attested in Cyrenaica, or a name in Ἀνθο-, for which there are few possibilities: compounds with that first element are very rare everywhere, but theoretically not impossible in Cyrenaica, where the reverse compounds in -άνθης are favourites. However, it is also possible that we have here the feminine name Ἀνθοῦσα. So the question should remain open.

The date of the inscription was suggested by the Thorns.

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