Trismegistos ID: 738835

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, 355.


Fragment of a white marble block, broken off at left, above and below; on the right side, a dowel hole was intended for fixing the panel (0.165; 0.16;0.075).


Inscribed on the face, probably beginning with the present line 1 because of the larger space above it.


0.015 well spaced, regularly cut letters with marked serifs; narrow alpha, non-slanting sigma.

Place of Origin



Probably second century B.C. (lettering)


Found before 1977 at Cyrene : exact findspot unrecorded.

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1977 in Shahat : Cyrene Museum .

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Never published before.


[---]  ι ΜΗΤ̣[---]  [---] όνικο ν [---] ακόσια [---] ΝΗ αὐτοῦ 5 [---]  π ολ λ - - - - - -?


1 ι ΜΗτ̣ : [Δ?]η̣μητ̣[ρίου?]

4 [---] ΝΗ : [συγγε?]νῆ

5 π ολ λ : [Ἀ]π̣όλλ̣[ωνι?] : (or) [Ἀ]π̣ολλ̣[ωνίου?]

French translation

Intraduisible (voir commentaire).

English translation

Not usefully translatable (see commentary).

Italian translation

Intraducibile (vedi commento).

Arabic translation

غير قابل للترجمة بشكل جيد


Another fragment in the Cyrene Museum also bears inventory number 355: IGCyr062100. They obviously do not belong together.

This fragment, cut with a nice monumental lettering, should belong to a monument of some prestige. Its koine features shows that it is in some way related to the Ptolemaic power. But many points are ambiguous. The most obvious word, at line 3, is a number of hundreds, but it may be restored from 200 to 900. It should apply to a neutral plural at the accusative, which would be missing before it. A faint parallel might be offered by the dedication of 80 strigils (IGCyr100700).

At line 2 we probably have one of the many personal names in -νικος; however it would be a tantalizing guess to read ὀλυμπιόνικος or another such adjective. If the latter, it whould be necessary to have a personal name at line 5, being the subject of the implicit verb 'dedicated', while the honoured person would have its name and father's name at line 1. If the former, the mention of Apollo at line 5 would become plausible.

At line 4 the restoration of the word συγγενής, an aulic epithet at the Lagid court, is also a tantalizing guess which cannot be pushed ahead.

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