Cyrene Museum, inv. number unknown.
White marble block, re-cut for a chancel post in a church with a vertical groove in the then right side (dimensions given as for the inscription 0.24; 0.68;0.235).
Inscribed on the face in two lines.
0.025, no serifs; the surface is worn out by the later use and the letters are now very shallow; symmetrical nu, slantering sigma, horse-shoe omega.
Place of Origin
Perhaps second half of fourth or first half of third century B.C. (lettering)
Said, with other chancel posts, to come from Al Marj pleiades; HGL , ancient Barca, where a Church is known.
Last recorded Location
Observed by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1979 and again in 1997 in Shahat : near Cyrene Museum .
Text constituted from
Transcription from stone (CDL).
Not previously published.
Iasôn [---] .
Iason [---] .
Iason [---] .
As the stone was recut also at left, we cannot known whether line 1 began with the name Iason. Line 2 begins further right, perhaps because its content was shorter or for another reason related to the layout. With such poor rests, it is impossible to trace the type of text that was inscribed here.
About the chancel posts gathered at Cyrene and said to come from Al Marj, see Ward-Perkins-Goodchild-Reynolds, 2003 Ward-Perkins, J.B., Goodchild, R.G., (edited by Reynolds, J.M.), 2003, Christian monuments of Cyrenaica, Society for Libyan Studies monograph4, London - see in bibliography , pp. 258-260. We took advantage of their text for the description of the stone.
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