IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

C.10. Building inscription for restoration after the Jewish revolt

Description: Four limestone blocks or parts of blocks, presumably from two courses of a wall, all badly damaged (a: w: 1.59 x h: 0.34 x d: 0.75; b:w: 0.71 x h: 0.18 x d: 0.75; c: w: 1.51 x h: 0.41 x d: 0.75; d: w: 1.25 x h: 0.72 x d: 0.44).
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: Second century CE a: 0.095; b: letters truncated; c: line 1, 0.15; line 2, 0.11; d: letters truncated, 0.055.

Date: CE 116-120

Findspot: Cyrene, Caesareum, in front of the south door. Found in 1936.
Original location: Caesareum: the blocks probably stood above the internal architrave of the South door (this is confirmed by the type of stone and the thickness of the blocks) and had been re-used in the late blocking which was found in the gateway by the excavators.
Last recorded location: Opposite the Caesareum on the south side of the street of King Battos


( vac. 1) Imp̣(erator) [---]
[---] Ṭ(it)- Ae[li---]
( vac. 1) diui Nervaẹ [---]
( vac. ) pontif(ic)- max(im)- ṭ[ribunicia potestate ---]
[c. 4 Caes]ạṛ[eu]m tumuḷṭu Ị[udaico ---]



English translation

Translation by: Editors

. . . ] Emperor [ . . . ] T(itus) Aelius [ . . . ] of deified Nerva [ . . . ] high priest, ?holding t[ribunician power . . . ?Caes]ar[eu]m by the riot [?of the Jews . . .


The original location is confirmed by the type of stone and the thickness of the blocks.

Apparently another copy of the text at C.7; but if T.Ae[lius is correctly read in b, this is a reference to work by Antoninus.

Bibliography: a, c: Gasperini, 1971, C.6 and fig. 13, whence AE 1974.668, EDH 011667 d: Gasperini, 1971, C.9 and fig. 15, whence AE 1974.670, EDH 011673 Lüderitz-Reynolds, 1983, 18
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Block a (Joyce Reynolds, III.2, NB XII.19)

   Fig. 2. Block b (Joyce Reynolds, III.2)

   Fig. 3. Block c (Joyce Reynolds, XII.38)

   Fig. 4. Block d

   Fig. 5. Block d, text

   Fig. 6. Block d, text (1961 Joyce Reynolds, IV.80)

   Fig. 7. South door of the Caesareum (1936 September 17, Department of Antiquities, 6518-2533)