IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

A.9. Imperial honours for ?Augustus

Description: Τwο sandstone blocks. a: The lower right corner broken away (w: 1.57 x h: 0.47 x d: 0.51); b: a half block w: 0.50 x h: 0.16, depth not measurable.
Text: Inscribed on one face, which is badly worn.
Letters: First century CE; Cut with broad and shallow trenches, probably through a coat of stucco. a: Line 1: 0.12; line 2: 0.08; line 3: 0.06. b: 0.12.

Date: First century CE

Findspot: Apollonia: East Church, a unrecorded, b reused upside down in the wall of the north aisle; found in 1941
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: a: Outside the Cyrene Sculpture Museum; b at findspot


[--- Ca]ẹsari d[i]ụị [I]uḷ[i--- ciuitas]
[Apollo]niatarụm T(it)- M[---]
[fla]mine duarum coloṇ[iarum ---]
[---] co(n)s(ul)[---]



English translation

Translation by: Joyce M. Reynolds

(a). To [ . . . ] Caesar [? son/grandson of] deified Julius [ . . .the city] of the Apolloniates (scil. set this up) when Titus M[- . . . ] was flamen of (?the) two colonies [ . . .

(b). . . . ] consul [ . . .


Line 1: If this reading is correct the emperor is Augustus, Imp. Caesari divi Iuli filio (though it was more usual to omit Iuli), or just possibly Tiberius, Tib. Caesari divi Iuli nepoti, divi Augusti filio (though it was more usual for the relationship to Augustus to precede that to Iulius); but the stone is very worn here and it would also be possible to read d[i]vi V[espasiani filius, i.e. Titus or Domitian. The best parallels for the lettering at Cyrene favour the earlier date.

Line 2: Presumably an official responsible for the erection or dedication of the monument and possibly the man whose title seems to appear at the beginning of line 3.

Line 3: The only obvious restoration seems to be [fla]mine, but the identification of the two colonies is obscure - they can hardly be local at any likely date for the text. Applebaum loc. cit. probably refers to this text which he treats tentatively as evidence for a colony at Apollonia after the Jewish Revolt of CE 115; it is certainly too early to be that.

Bibliography: Perhaps mentioned, Applebaum, 1951, 181; published Reynolds, 1976, 11, whence AE 1977.841, whence EDH 020884.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face, a (Department of Antiquities, E.1393)