Cyrene Museum, 244.
Small white marble slightly tapering stele with plain moulding on top on three sides and a rounded bottom similar to a console (traces of tenons): dimensions of the whole 0.30-0.34; 0.87;0.19.
Inscribed in two lines on the much encrusted face below the moulding (0.285-0.31; 0.81;0.17-0.19).
0.02-0.022, no serifs; alpha with low bar, slantering mu and sigma, widely open upsilon.
Place of Origin
Perhaps last quarter of fourth or first quarter of third century B.C. (lettering)
Found probably before World War II at Cyrene pleiades; HGL : exact findspot unrecorded.
Last recorded Location
Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1976 and again in 1997 and 2004 in Shahat : Cyrene Museum; in 1997 the stele was broken into two adjacent fragments, in 2004 the bottom could not be found.
Text constituted from
Transcription from stone (CDL).
Not previously published.
Lykommas fils d'Astykratès.
Lykommas son of Astykrates.
Lykommas figlio di Astykrates.
The name Λυκόμμας is new. It should be a short form of Λυκομήδης, which is also unattested at Cyrene, but rather common in different regions, including all Aegean islands and Attica. For the father's name, we have a small series of occurrences from Hellenistic Cyrene.
Most stelae bearing a name and father's name are of known funerary origin. However this one is smaller than the average and its shape and tenons show that it was fixed on a wall. Therefore, it has more probably a honorific purpose than a funerary one.
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