Tithe for Apollo


Trismegistos ID: 738866

Source Description


Cyrene Museum, inventory number missing.


Two non adjacent parts of a rectangular white marble block, reddish from earth and in part covered with concrete; later re-cut so as to form a crest on top of the inscribed face and also rounded hollows at rear (fragment a is broken off on top of the right 'peak' 0.54; 0.22;0.28; fragment b is chipped off on top of the 'peak' and the right edge is also cut off on a slightly curved line 0.34; 0.25;0.19).


Inscribed on the face in three lines, ending at 0.14 from the lower edge.


L. 1 0.025, l. 2-3 0.02, without serifs; epsilon with rather long central bar, smaller omicron, slanting sigma.

Place of Origin

Cyrene .


End of fourth or beginning of third century B.C. (lettering)


Found before 1997 at Cyrene : exact findspot unrecorded and surely related to the re-use.

Last recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou in 1997 and again 2010 in Shahat : Cyrene Museum .

Text constituted from

Transcription from stones (CDL).


Not previously published.


|[---]  [Δαμ]|ασάνο[ρος] |[υἱ]ὸς τῶ[ι Ἀπόλλωνι] |δεκάταν |Τέλω[να Δαμ]|ασάνορο[ς]


French translation

[Untel] fils de Damasanôr (a consacré à Apollon) au titre de la dîme (la statue de) Télôn fils de Damasanôr.

English translation

[So-and-so] son of Damasanor (dedicated to Apollo) as a tithe (the statue of) Telon son of Damasanor.

Italian translation

[Il tale] figlio di Damasanor (ha dedicato ad Apollo) come decima (la statua di) Telon figlio di Damasanor.


In most occurrences of such dedications of a statue, the name of the honoured person is mentioned first at the accusative and the name of the dedicant comes at the end at the nominative. However, the contrary is possible and seems to be preferable here on behalf of the space necessary at line 2 for the name of Apollo.

The word υἱός is normally subaudible after the genitive of the father's name. Another possibility would be to cut the father's name Δαμασάνο|ρος at the end of line 1 and have its last syllable at line 2. Yet this would make line 1 shorter that the following lines and such a cut is quite unusual. So we choose to add the word for 'son', stressing the family relation between the anonymous dedicant and his honored brother.

What sort of monument the recut stones were intended for is puzzling. Perhaps the framing of a latrines bench?

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