IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

B.52. Funerary inscription on a relief

Description: Limestone stele in the form of an aedicula, with reliefs of two male figures, hand-in-hand, within a niche (w: 0.69 x h: 1.15 x d: 0.23).
Text: Inscribed (a) on the architrave, on a surface which is in very poor condition, (b) just below the capital of the righthand supporting column.
Letters: Greek capitals, first to second century CE0.02; L probably = ἐτῶν ; probably digamma.

Date: 49/50 CE

Findspot: Berenike: Mafluga, a little south-east of Sidi Hussein, in a tomb; recorded in 1915
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Benghazi Museum.


Ἴων Ἀ̣ρ̣ισ̣[τίω]ν̣[ος ---] (ἐτῶν) λ̣´
(ἔτους) ϛ̣´


ΙΩΝ..Ι.[...].[..---] L .
L .


a.1: Ἴων Ἀριστίων Ghislanzoni, 1915; Ἴων Ἀριστίων ΡΙ Rosenbaum, 1960
b: Not reported by Ghislanzoni or Reynolds in Rosenbaum

English translation

Translation by: Editors

(a) Ion (scil. son) of ?Aristion, [ . . . ] aged 30

Year ?6


b: probably the date of death by a regnal year: If the number is correctly read, it would give year 70, presumably the date by the Actian era = CE 49/50, which is a little early for the tomb material.

Bibliography: Oliverio, cited by Ghislanzoni, 1915, 76, 87 and fig. 7, whence SEG 9.772; Reynolds in Rosenbaum, 1960, 286, and plate cii.i., whence SEG 20.774, PHI 324524; revised Reynolds, 1978, 24, whence SEG 28.1539.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


None available (2020).