On the rock-cut wall of an oikos (dimensions unknown).
Inscribed on the West wall, to be read from the inside.
0.13, 0.30: widely open horseshoe shaped omega.
Place of Origin
Perhaps end of fifth of beginning of fourth century B.C. (lettering)
Found between 2008 and 2012 by the Mission of Urbino at Cyrene pleiades; HGL : Southern Extra-Mural Sacred Zone , North-West of the Extra-Mural Temple of Demeter , in one of a series of oikoi.
Last recorded Location
First studied in 2012 by E. Rosamilia in situ.
Text constituted from
Transcription from editor.
Gasparini-Rosamilia, 2016 Gasparini, M., Rosamilia, E., 2016, I nuovi altari rupestri extraurbani dallo Uadi Belgadir e il culto di Zeus e delle Eumenidi, in V. Purcaro, O. Mei, Cirene greca e romana II, Monografie di archeologia libica, 44, Cirene Atene d'Africa9, 189-217 - see in bibliography , n. 14 (fig. 28).
Not usefully translatable.
غير قابل للترجمة بشكل جيد.
This isolated letter, carefully and deeply cut, is no accidental graffito. However its meaning remains totally obscure. That it might be an abbreviation for the name of the Hero Opheles is a tentative idea of E. Rosamilia, which he cautiously did not push forward.
The proposed date relies on the very open shape of omega, which is known for the very beginning of the use of the Ionian alphabet at Cyrene.
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