Dedication to the Eumenides or caption (?)


Trismegistos ID: 738884

Source Description


Fine limestone stele, chipped off on the upper edge at right (0.56; 0.28;0.09-0.11), thicker at right, fitting exactly a rectangular hollow near which it was found, just to the left of the rock-cut altar bearing IGCyr133600.


Inscribed in one line just under the upper edge.


Average 0.03, carefully cut, with very small serifs; slightly slanting mu, probably dissymmetrical nu.

Place of Origin



Probably first half of third century B.C. (lettering)


Found between 2008 and 2012 by the Mission of Urbino at Cyrene : Southern Extra-Mural Sacred Zone , North-West of the Extra-Mural Temple of Demeter .

Last recorded Location

First studied in 2012 by E. Rosamilia in situ.

Text constituted from

Transcription from editor.


Gasparini-Rosamilia, 2016 , n. 5 (fig. 21).


Εὐμεν̣ί̣ [c. 1 - 3] [---?] 


French translation

Euménide(s) [---?] .

English translation

Eumenide(s) [---?] .

Italian translation

Eumenide(/i) [---?] .


This object is unique and the lack of the name end does not help to determine its function. Although standing at a fixed place amongst altars dedicated to the Eumenides (once at least one Eumenide IGCyr133800) it cannot support, like them, offerings. If considered nonetheless as a dedication, the formula should be completed as a dative. On the other hand, as E. Rosamilia puts it, it might also be a caption for an aniconic figure of the deity (or deities). C. Dobias-Lalou adds that it might also be a sort of sign-post for the whole area of altars. Be it what it is, the reason for the stele to be movable is not clear.

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