Dedication to Apollo


Trismegistos ID: 738821

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, 229.


Fragment of a white marble rectangular block, broken off at right and left and also above (0.19; 0.29;0.11); the back shows anathyrosis at bottom (on a height of 0.075) and top (on a height of 0.03); on the top of the fragment, almost above the omicron, the bottom of a dowel hole, combined with the measure of the height, shows that only a small part of the block is lost on top.


Inscribed on the face (0.135; 0.255;) in two columns at ll. 1-2 and on the whole width at line 3.


0.026 (ll. 1-2) to 0.045 (l. 3), with small serifs; moderately slanting sigma.

Place of Origin



Probably end of third of beginning of second century B.C. (lettering)


Found before 1979 at Cyrene : plausibly from the Sanctuary of Apollo .

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1979 in Shahat : Cyrene Museum .

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Not previously published.


column a
[---] [μ]αχος [---] ευς
column b
[---]  [---] 
(vac. 0.07 metre) [Ἀπό]λλ[ωνι]


French translation

 [---] makhos fils de  [---] ès, [Un tel fils d'Un tel] (ont consacré) à Apollon.

English translation

 [---] machos son of  [---] es, [So-and-so son of So-and-so] (dedicated) to Apollo.

Italian translation

 [---] machos figlio di  [---] es, [il tale figlio del tale] (hanno dedicato) ad Apollo.


The larger letters at line 3 show that this is a dedication to Apollo. The endings respectively of nominative and genitive preserved at line 1-2 allow to restore the layout with two columns mentioning two donors.

Tοο many names in -μαχος are known in Cyrenaica to allow any restoration.

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