Dedication to Apollo


Trismegistos ID: 738864

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, 3464.


White marble rectangular block, broken off at left and at upper right (0.48; 0.30;0.075).


Inscribed on the face in two lines.


0.055 very carefully cut, with fine serifs; slightly smaller circular letters, kappa with long oblique strokes, oblique strokes of lambda slightly curved, slanting sigma.

Place of Origin



Probably third century B.C. (lettering)


Found before 1997 at Cyrene : exact findspot unrecorded.

Last recorded Location

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

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Not previously published.


 [c. 3 - 4]ιικὸς Νικα̣[ίω Ἀ]πόλλωνι


French translation

 [---] iikos fils de Nikaios (a consacré ce monument) à Apollon.

English translation

 [---] iikos son of Nikaios (dedicated this monument) to Apollon.

Italian translation

 [---] iikos figlio di Nikaios (ha dedicato questo monumento) ad Apollo.


The first name is a form of ktetikon with the suffix -ικός added to a place or city name in -αια, αιος, εια or similar. As an adjective, Ἀχαιικός is already attested in Homer; yet its use as a personal name seems to begin in Greece only in the imperial period in relation with the name of the Roman province of Achaia. It is impossible to guess which adjective was used here as a personal name. We can only point at the dialectal preservation of the hiatus -αιι, which is paralleled in the personal name Ἐλαιίτας and which happens to be also built upon a place name with a suffix beginning with i .

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