Private honors after a telesphoria


Trismegistos ID: 738813

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, 194.


Upper righ angle of a white marble panel, broken off at left and below (0.14; 0.16;0.032).


Inscribed on the face, beginning at 0.049 from the upper edge.


0.018-0.02, carefully cut with serifs; smaller omicron, pi with protruding upper bar, rho with small loop, non-slanting sigma, horseshoe omega.

Place of Origin



End of third or first half of second century B.C. (lettering)


Found before 1979 at Cyrene : plausibly Sanctuary of Apollo .

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in Shahat : Cyrene Museum .

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Never published before.


[---]  [---] [ί]ππω [---]  [---] δώρω [---]  [τελεσφ]ορήσ[αντας? ---]  Ρ̣[---]  - - - - - -


French translation

 [---]  fils de  [---] ippos,  [---]  fils de  [---] dôros, ayant accompli la telesphoria  [---] .

English translation

 [---]  son of  [---] ippos,  [---]  son of  [---] doros, having accomplished the telesphoria  [---] .

Italian translation

 [---]  figlio di  [---] ippos,  [---]  figlio di  [---] doros, avendo compiuto la telesphoria  [---] .


This fragmentary inscription is clearly one of the dedications made by or in honour of men who had accomplished the telesphoria . The aorist participle at line 3 lacks an ending that would help to choose between two analyses: we restored an accusative, but a nominative would also be possible. Anyhow, the letters are closely pressed together at that line, so that the participle was probably preceded by the name of a feast, either Artamitia (so IGCyr016100) or Karneia (so IGCyr016400).

The fragmentary character at line 4 is probably a rho and the spacement between letters is larger than at any other line. As the verb of dedication contains no rho, we probably have here the person(s) responsible for the dedication (thus the restored accusative at line 3). The name of the Cyrenaeans is impossible in view of the placement of the rho and also because that sort of dedication is never made by the city. The most plausible guess is the naming formula of the dedicant at the nominative, made of a rather short name and father's name.

If so, lines 1 and 2 would mention at the accusative the two persons honored by the dedication of their images. As both father's names are compounds with very common second members, no further restoration can be proposed.

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