Trismegistos ID: 738783

Source Description


Rock-cut tomb with five loculi and a plain facade (dimensions unknown).


Inscribed in two sections on the facade just above the loculi (on name for each loculus).


Height unknown, deeply and carefully cut; alpha with low bar, slanting mu and sigma, smaller circular letters, rho with smaller loop in B than in A; the lettering is very similar in both sections, however the guideline for B is no extension of that for A, but is placed slightly higher up.

Place of Origin



Probably second half of fourth century BC. (context, lettering)


First seen and copied by J. Cassels in 1954 at Cyrene : West Necropolis , tomb W128.

Later recorded Location

Seen before 2001 by J. Thorn in situ.

Later recorded Location

Seen in 2002 by G. D'Addazio in situ.

Last recorded Location

Seen and photographed in 2010 by E. Rosamilia in situ, whence Dobias-Lalou's present edition.

Text constituted from

Transcription from previous mentions (CDL).


Thorn-Thorn, 2009 , p. 305 (Cassels' copy and Reynolds' test translation). Cf. D'Addazio, 2008 , pp. 180-181 (comments on the names).


Καλλίππω καὶ Μυρός


b.1 D'Addazio, 2008  Ἐπικρίτας : Thorn-Thorn, 2009  Ἐπικρ[άτης] (Cassels' diplomatic transcription)

French translation

a) (Tombe) de Kallippos et Myrô.

b) (Tombe)d'Epikrita.

English translation

a) (Tomb) of Kallippos and Myro.

b) (Tomb)of Epikrita.

Italian translation

a) (Tomba) di Kallippos e Myrò.

b) (Tomba)di Epikrita.


Cassels' unpublished reading was not complete and lacked information about the layout of both sections. J.M. Reynolds' tentative translation communicated to the Thorns is therefore dubitative.

D'Addazio suggested to read section B before section A, which would give both father's and mother's names. This seems impossible in terms of nomenclature, although it is quite possible that the deceased person mentioned at line 2 is a child of the pair mentioned at line 1.

The woman's name Epikrita is already attested on a much later mosaic at Cyrene and corresponds to the masculine Epikritos, rare, but attested elsewhere.

The form Μυρός, dialectal genitive of the woman's name Μυρώι, brings a good support to the hitherto isolated genitive λεχός at IGCyr016700, l. 109.

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