Trismegistos ID: 738785

Source Description


Grey marble rectangular base, broken off at right and back (0.40; 0.27;0.46).


Inscribed in two lines on the face.


0.028, no serifs; slanting sigma, phi with oval and high-placed loop, horse-shoe omega.

Place of Origin



Perhaps end of fourth or beginning of third century B.C. (lettering)


Found at unknown date at Cyrene : in the Sanctuary of Apollo .

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 2004, in vicinity of Myrtle Bower , northward, in the small modern garden.

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Not previously published.


Ἰάσων Φι δεκάταν̣ [---] 


French translation

Iasôn fils de Phi [---]  [a consacré] au titre de la dîme.

English translation

Iason son of Phi [---]  [dedicated] as a tithe.

Italian translation

Iason figlio di Phi [---]  [ha dedicato] come decima.


Iason is a very common name at Cyrene. Names beginning with Phi- are many. So it may seem hazardous to restore the missing parts of this dedication. At line 2, we should wait either the verb of dedication ἀνέθηκε or the name of the god Ἀπόλλωνι. Both words together would be certainly too long for the presumable loss. They are respectively 7 and 8 letters long. The first letter of line 2 is not aligned with that of line 1, while line 1 has one more letter preserved than line 2. Therefore it would be a tempting guess to restore the father's name Φιλοθάλευς, with 8 letters missing: A Philothales son of Iason is known as priest of Apollo about 335 B.C. (see IGCyr011400, IGCyr094800, IGCyr110000) and this man would be his son.

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