Dedication to Apollo


Trismegistos ID: 738851

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, 515.


Lower left angle of a reddish marble block, broken off at right, above and at back, the left edge also partly missing (0.20; 0.17;0.08).


Inscribed on the face, with a space of 0.11 below (see also commentary).


0.011-0.017; very carefully cut, without serifs; circular letters smaller, strokes of alpha and lambda sightly curved.

Place of Origin



Probably first half of third century B.C. (lettering)


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

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1977 and again 1997 in Shahat : Cyrene Museum .

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Not previously published.


- - - - - -? [...] αθ[---]  [---?]  [Ἀ]π̣όλλω̣[νι ---?] 


French translation

 [---] ath [---]  (a consacré) à Apollon.

English translation

 [---] ath [---]  (dedicated) to Apollo.

Italian translation

 [---] ath [---]  (ha dedicato) ad Apollo.


It cannot be decided whether the block was about 0.24 wide or twice more. If the former, the preserved line 1 would have the father's name of a dedicant whose own name stood in the lost part and then only the name of Apollo would stay at line 2. If the stone was wider, it might have been inscribed only on the two preserved lines, mentioning at line 1 the own name and father's name of the dedicant and at line 2 after the name of Apollo either the word for 'tithe' or the verb 'dedicated'.

At line 1, the two preserved letters belong to a personal name. Given the space available, there are two possibilities amongst the already attested names of the Hellenistic period: either one of the many names built upon Ἀγαθ(ο)- or the less common Νίκαθλος, which in fact would better fit the space.

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