Epitaph (?)


Trismegistos ID: 738868

Source Description


Fragmentary white marble stele, reddish from earth, with a sculpted triangular pediment showing a quadriga running toward right, led by a winged Nike; the three edges of the pediment are orned with frizes of egg and dart; the stele is broken off obliquely at left and right downwards (0.43; 0.38;0.14).


Inscribed on the face, below the pediment.


0.02 with serifs; larger lower loop of beta, non-slanting sigma.

Place of Origin



End of second or beginning of first century B.C.


Found in 2010 by the French Archaeological Mission in Libya at Al Ardam : North of monument B5 (Kenrick's Qasr Bu Zayd).

Present Location

Not seen by IGCyr team.

Text constituted from

Transcription from editors' photographs.


Marini, 2013 , pp. 234-235 and fig. 45; Faucamberge-Marini-Nadalini, 2015 , pp. 225, 237 and fig. 23.


[---] ινος Βωλ [---]  [---]  [---]  δ ΕΥ [---]  - - - - - -


1 Faucamberge-Marini-Nadalini, 2015  [---] ινος : Faucamberge-Marini-Nadalini, 2015  [---] νιος

2 [---]  δ ΕΥ[---]  : Faucamberge-Marini-Nadalini, 2015  [---] ΛΕΥ[---] 

French translation


English translation

Not usefully translatable.

Italian translation


Arabic translation

غير قابل للترجمة بشكل جيد


The careful making and lettering of this stele show a high level in the society, which is in accordance with the impressive monument nearby. The survey has shown that it was first a tomb, later on extended and functionnally changed, perhaps into a temple. Although no dates are available, the stele should rather be related to the first phase, hence the supposed funerary character. Given the small lettering and large space available, it might even be a verse epitaph. However too little is preserved to allow a sure classification.

The last three letters of line 1 almost surely belong to a personal name, for which both Βωλακλῆς and Βωλαγόρας are attested in Cyrenaica. The preceding letters probably belong to a personal name although an adjective is not impossible. The latter possibility should be kept in mind because at line 2 another personal name ending with -κλῆς or -είδης at the genitive is a good possibility. However, this in turn is far from sure, as a word containing -λευ- or -δευ- is also possible.

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