Cyrene Museum, 174.
Rectangular block of white marble, with three dowel holes on the upper face, two in the rear edge and one in the right edge, showing that it was part of a larger monument extending to the right (0.575; 0.225;0.07-0.08); the back is smoothened in anathyrosis (wide 0.04).
Inscribed on the face probably in only two lines continuing on an adjacent block.
0.03, small serifs; shorter central bar of epsilon, non-slanting sigma.The face is badly notched, which makes the reading very difficult.
Place of Origin
Perhaps second half of third of first half of first century B.C. (lettering)
Last recorded Location
Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1979 and again in 1997 in Shahat : Cyrene Museum .
Text constituted from
Transcription from stone (CDL).
Not previously published.
Not usefully translatable.
The poor condition of the face allows only to guess that we have here personal names and the support, which should have been made of several similar blocks, allows to imagine that they were those of persons dedicating the monument or honouring a person whose image stood on it.
At line 1, we have either the genitive of a man's name, which might be Κρατέας, not yet attested in Cyrenaica, or the nominative of a woman's name, either a compound in -κράτεια or a short form Κράτεια, both in the variant form without iota (see Dobias-Lalou, 2005 Dobias-Lalou, C., 2005, A propos du nom de femme Τιμακράτηα à Rhodes, Revue des Études Grecques (REG), 118, 592-599 - see in bibliography , pp. 594-597).
At line 2, the first letter might belong either to the conjunction καί 'and' or to another personal name. As the last letter of this line may be either an omicron or an omega, we surely have the genitive of a man's name, but we cannot decide between [Λ]ύσιο[ς] and [Διον]υσίω vel sim .
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