IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

A.35. Fragment

Description: Panel of painted wall plaster.
Text: a: Formal painted in dull red and olive green on a ground of pinlish yellow, part of an architectural scheme, consisting of an inscription between schematically-rendered mouldings over what was perhaps a series of plain panels; b: Incised and painted in dull red and olive green, on what may be the capital of a painted pilaster.
Letters: a, Showing rustic influence; 0.125; lunate sigma. b, 0.03-0.04.

Date: Sixth century CE

Findspot: Apollonia: Central Church: on the North wall of the chapel south of the apse, in 1958.
Original location: Findspot.
Last recorded location: Findspot (1958).


[---]ΕΔΟϹ ((triple-bar)) ΒΙΒ[Λ]ΙΟϹ [---]


[---]ΕΔΟϹ triple-bar ΒΙΒ[.]ΙΟϹ[---]


b.1: It would be just possible to read the second Κ as ΚΕ and to suppose that the writer intended a formula on the lines of δόξα πατρὶ κὲ υἱῷ κὲ ἀγίῳ πνεύματι.

English translation

Translation source: Reynolds-Ward-Perkins-Goodchild, 2003

(a). Not usefully translatable.

(b). Perhaps a name; or possibly part of the formula: "Glory to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit"


a. The triple bar appears to be used as a stop; the preceding word might have been ἓδοϲ, the following was presumably connected with βίβλοϲ. There may therefore be a reference to a seat and to a book.

b. Probably a name. In addition there are a number of isolated letters.

b. It is not certain whether the first Κ belongs to the text or is a separate graffito.

Bibliography: Reynolds, 1960, 12, whence SEG 18.762, PHI 324460; Reynolds, 1976, 44; Reynolds-Ward-Perkins-Goodchild, 2003, 76.1, 2.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


None available (2020).