Dedication to Apollo


Trismegistos ID: 738850

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, 512.


Central part of a white marble rectangular panel, broken off at left and right (0.175; 0.14;0.06).


Inscribed on the face in three lines displayed symmetrically along the vertical axis.


0.021 with thickening ends; non-slanting sigma, horse-shoe shaped omega with long lower strokes.

Place of Origin



Perhaps second half of third century. (lettering)


Found before 1977 at Cyrene : plausibly from the Sanctuary of Apollo .

Last recorded Location

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

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Not previously published.


 [c. 5 - 6]λης [c. 6]  [Ἀπό]λ̣λω[νι c. 4] ς ἱαρι[τεύων]


French translation

 [---] lès  [---]  (a consacré) à Apollon  [---] , pendant sa prêtrise.

English translation

 [---] les  [---]  (dedicated) to Apollo  [---]  while being priest.

Italian translation

 [---] les  [---]  (ha dedicato) ad Apollo  [---]  quando era sacerdote.


Personal names ending with -λης might be compounds in -κλῆς, -θάλης or -τέλης. The names of a Megakles and of an Eukles are mentioned in IGCyr109300, respectively at ll. 25-26 and 50-51, in a list that might record priests of the third century B.C. But with this large lacuna and without father's name, it is impossible to identify the present dedicant with any of them.

The short word missing at the beginning of line 3 should be an accusative plural and escapes restoration. One might think of ὀπάς 'opening, door, window'. The existing occurrences have the singular cut on the very lintel of doors (see IGCyr017300, IGCyr020700, IGCyr022400, all three monumental doors and IGCyr007000, which is a loculus in a tomb). The support is here quite different and the hypothesis thus very hazardous.

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