Name (?)


Trismegistos ID: 738888

Source Description


A rock-cut altar with a bothros at the bottom left (dimensions unknown).


Inscribed in the middle of the front face.


0.23, letters uneasy to interpret (see below).

Place of Origin



Perhaps fourth or third century B.C. (lettering, context)


Found in 2012 by the Mission of Urbino at Cyrene : in the lower part of the Wadi el Aish .

Last recorded Location

First studied in 2012 by E. Rosamilia in situ.

Text constituted from

Transcription from editor.


Gasparini-Rosamilia, 2016 , n. 9 (fig. 23).




1 Gasparini-Rosamilia, 2016  Ε̣Ξ̣ : Gasparini-Rosamilia, 2016  Π̣Ε̣

French translation

Intraduisible (voir commentaire).

English translation

Not usefully translatable (see commentary).

Italian translation

Intraducibile (vedi commento).

Arabic translation

غير قابل للترجمة بشكل جيد (انظر التعليق على النقش).


This inscription is very problematic. The identification of the letters is far from sure, as can be seen from the photograph. E. Rosamilia, who could only see it during a brief survey, tells that 'reading ΠΕ cannot be wholly excluded'. However he prefers ΕΞ and his reading has thus been registered here as more authoritative. In his view those letters, which might be the abbreviation of a personal name, are perhaps rather 'the abbreviation of the name of the deity or hero worshipped' here, and this on behalf of the same two letters cut beside the name of the Eumenides at IGCyr064600.

C. Dobias-Lalou' additional comment: there exist instances at Ain Hofra (IGCyr031100, IGCyr031300, IGCyr032400) of both the name of the Eumenides and the name of the 'owner' of the altar being cut side by side. The same would be possible here and at IGCyr064600. If the reading should be ΕΞ, the similarity does not prove any identity of person, for there are a lot of different personal names beginning with those letters. The same for ΠΕ.

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