Cyrene Museum, 94.
Fragment of a white marble panel, resulting from the re-use of a deeper block, which was re-cut; on the former face, to the right of the present panel, there remain only traces of one letter; only the resulting panel is here taken into account: it is broken off at left, above and below and its surface is not so carefully smoothened as the other side (0.07; 0.10;0.032).
Inscribed on the face of the panel; spaces between letters varying at each line.
0.012, with large serifs; rho with rather small loop, not-slanting sigma.
Place of Origin
Perhaps second half of second century B.C. (lettering)
Found presumably before World War II at Cyrene pleiades; HGL : exact findspot unknown.
Last recorded Location
Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1979 in Shahat : Cyrene Museum .
Text constituted from
Transcription from stone (CDL).
Not previously published.
[---] fils de [---] n, [---] xénos fils de [---] arkhos, [---] phantos fils de [---] iôn, [---] .
[---] son of [---] n, [---] xenos son of [---] archos, [---] phantos son of [---] ion, [---] .
[---] figlio di [---] n, [---] xenos figlio di [---] archos, [---] phantos figlio di [---] ion, [---] .
The name ending width -ενος at line 2 can only be at the nominative case and is obviously a compound in ξενος, amongst which Φιλόξενος is the most favourite in Cyrenaica. However others are also attested there.
The nominative at line 2, followed by a genitive at line 3 help to determine the layout of the whole: a list of names and father's name alternatively mentioned, one name per line. This layout would fit the narrow side (about 0.14) of a larger stele. The resulting panel may have been re-cut in order to provide some sort of pavement or facing.
Given that line 4 has a nominative, the preserved ending should belong to a compound name with second stem -φαντος, several of which are attested in Cyrenaica, Ξηνόφαντος being the most frequent.
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