Epitaph of a Cretan


Trismegistos ID: 738877

Source Description


Apollonia Museum, inv. number unknown.


Plain stele of white marble, slightly slantering, chipped off at left lower angle (0.305 to 0.355; 1.01;0.215 to 0.24).


Inscribed at 0.11 from the upper edge in three lines with spaces between letters varying so that they cover the whole width of the stele.


0.015 to 0.021; very careful lettering; alpha with rather low bar, epsilon with shorter middle bar, dotted theta, slightly dissymmetrical nu, smaller omicron and omega, slantering sigma.

Place of Origin



Probably third century B.C. (lettering)


Found between 2001 and 2004 in the Port of Cyrene, later Apollonia : probably from the West Necropolis .

Later recorded Location

Seen by C. Dobias-Lalou and A. Laronde in 2004 at Sūsah : in the courtyard of the ancient Apollonia Museum .

Last recorded Location

Seen by J.M. Reynolds and photographed by H. Walda in 2008 at the same place.

Text constituted from

Transcription from stone (CDL).


Not previously published.


Ζωΐλος Κρὴς Ἐλευθερναῖος


French translation

Zôilos, crétois d'Eleutherna.

English translation

Zoilos, a Cretan from Eleutherna.

Italian translation

Zoilos, cretese da Eleutherna.


The absence of a father's name is puzzling. However, as the ethnic of Eleutherna is mentioned, there is no reason to suppose that the dead was no citizen.

Important building works took place during the first decade of the twenty-first century West of the ancient city of Apollonia and many tombs of the ancient necropolis were accidentally destroid. It is highly plausible that the stele was found at such an occasion.

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