List of names or dedication on occasion of the telesphoria (?)


Trismegistos ID: 738855

Source Description


Small fragment of a limestone block, broken off everywhere but on top (0.08; 0.09;0.085).


Inscribed on the face, beginning near the upper edge.


0.018-0.015 carefully cut, with small serifs; smaller theta, no typical shape.

Place of Origin



Probably third 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).


Not previously published.


[Σ]θέν[ων ---]  (vac. 2)ΚΑΡ[---]  [...]  + [---]  - - - - - -


French translation

Intraduisible (voir le commentaire).

English translation

Not usefully translatable (see commentary).

Italian translation

Intraducibile (vedi commento).

Arabic translation

غير قابل للترجمة بشكل جيد


This might be a list of personal names, too fragmentary to allow secure restoration. For line 1, there are a lot of compound names in -σθένης and also the shorter Σθένων. However, at line 2, there is a space before the preserved segment. This helps to consider that the break was not far away from the left edge, so we choose the shorter name for line 1.

This space also gives for line 2 a clue to one of the many names derived from Apollo's epithet Karneios, amongst which Κάρνις and Καρνήδας are the most common, excluding names such as Εὔκαρπος. However another possibility for l. 2 would be the name of the festival Karneia , usually associated with a participle of the verb τελεσφορέω in a dedication formula. Line 3 would have the verb of dedication.

Other lines might follow only if the inscription was a list of names.

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