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C.113. Building inscription by Vestalis for a portico of the Agora

Description: Block of limestone, badly damaged and possibly cut down for re-use (w: 0.56 x h: 0.22 x d: 0.22).
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: Augustan or first century CE; line 1 0.055; line 2 0.04; line 3 0.035.

Date: Augustan - first century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: Agora, North Stoa; excavated probably in 1919.
Original location: North Stoa
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum.


[V]estalis ((stop)) proco(n)s(u)l ((stop))
porticum ((stop)) Augustam
( vac. 1) refic(iendam) ( vac. 1) cur(auit) ( vac. 1)



1: C.Clodius C.F. SECir, 1961-1962
4: reficiendam SECir, 1961-1962; reficiendam Gasperini, 1967a

English translation

Translation by: Editors

Vestalis, proconsul, was responsible for the reconstruction of the Augustan Portico.


Line 1 for the omission of praenomen, nomen and filiation, cf. C.115 and Inscr. Cret. IV. 327 (at EDH); but it remains possible that they stood here and were cut away when the stone was re-used as implied by Pugliese-Carratelli, who restored the missing line. Gasperini suggests a Greek translation below or on an adjacent stone.

Line 2 Vestalis appears also in C.115, C.116, C.322 and possibly C.117; for relevant evidence from outside Cyrenaica see PIR2, C 1192, and DPRR CLOD3097, both identifying him with C. Clodius Vestalis, III vir monetalis in 41 BCE; if that is correct his proconsulate should fall early in Augustus' reign. But this is difficult to reconcile with his record restoring both the porticus Augusta, in this text, and Aqua Augusta, unless these monuments only acquired their designation at the time of the restoration. An economic solution would be to regard him as identical with the C. Clodius Vestalis proconsul of CIL XI 3310 a (ILS 904) but son of the moneyer. Gasperini inclines to identify him with this man's son (CIL XI. 3311) but we have no evidence that he ever reached a proconsulate. See most recently Thomassen, Laterculi 38.005, and the discussion by Paci, art. cit.

Gasperini argues that the repairs carried out by Vestalis were modest; they were however undertaken at numerous points of the building and its adjunctions, see C.115, C.116 and perhaps C.117.

Bibliography: SECir, 1961-1962, 171 and fig. 133 (from T.II 41)Í; Gasperini, 1965, 222-5 and pl. XXXVII.2, whence AE 1968.537, whence EDH 015563; Gasperini, 1967a, 34 and fig. 217; discussed Paci, 1978, 272-3
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


None available (2020).