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B.54. Funerary inscription

Description: Rock-cut tomb, with B.54 on the façade, B.56, B.57, B.58, B.59, B.60, B.61, B.62, B.63, B.64, B.65, B.66. B.67, B.68 on the interior walls.
Text: Inscribed over the main entrance.
Letters: No description

Date: Hellenistic or early Roman

Findspot: Berenike, Ain es-Selmani; recorded in 1860.
Original location: Findspot.
Last recorded location: Findspot (1860).


Ἀρ[ι]π̣[άχθις] Πανκρατίδα




Crowe reported ΑΡ. Γ. ΠΑΝΚΡΑΤΙΔΑ

English translation

Translation by: Editors

Aripachthis (scil. son) of Pankratidas


For the tomb see Bailey, art. cit.

The name of the builder of the tomb (B.54, B.57, B.68), Aripachthis, is of Libyan origin; it was used alongside Greek names, reflecting the mixed ethnic roots of the family’s native city (Berenike rather than Euhesperides). Bailey’s suggestion to associate with this text a marble slab bearing the letters ΑΠ found in the tomb chamber seems unlikely (rather the abbreviation of a name like Ἀπολλώνιος). Πανκρατίδας was a recurrent name in the family, so B.63.

Bibliography: Copied by F.H. Crowe in 1860, from whose unpublished papers published by Bailey, 1972, 1, Bailey, 1988, 92, whence Reynolds, 2002, 1, whence Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique, 2004.439, SEG 52.1820
Text constituted from: Transcription from previous publication (Reynolds).


None available (2020).