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C.108. Fragmentary dedication

Description: Limestone block, broken at either end (w: 0.80 x h: 0.43 x d: 0.38).
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: First century CE; line 1 0.09; line 2 0.055.

Date: First century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: Augusteum; found in 1916.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Augusteum, standing on the West wall.


[--- Augusta]e sacrum
[---]PANA ( vac. 1)



2: Κυ]ρανα Gasperini, 1965

English translation

Translation by: Editors

. . . ] sacred [ . . .


One of a series of dedications, C.106-C.109; see commentary on C.106. Here another goddess, a personification of an imperial virtue or a female member of the imperial house are all equally possible.

It seems to us not quite certain, given the condition of the stone, whether the first surviving letter is P or R, but Gasperini may well be right to take it as Ρ, interpret as Κυ]ράνα and argue that it is a survival of an earlier text (which was no doubt plastered over). If it is R the reference must again be to the nymph, or conceivably the city of, Cyrene and it is difficult to fit either into the context.

Bibliography: Gasperini, 1965, 213-4 and pl. XXXVI.4,5, also fig. opp. P. 212 and fig 132 (drawings), whence AE 1968.534, whence EDH 015557; Gasperini, 1967a, 29 and fig. 212
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face (1961, Joyce Reynolds IV.78)

   Fig. 2. Face (Reynolds XIII.43)