IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

C.122. Validation of a weight

Description: Bronze sextarius (h: 0.107 x diam.: 0.088-0.098; wider at base).
Text: Incised on the outside just below the rim.
Letters: Fourth century CE; c. 0.007-0.008

Date: CE 293-305

Findspot: Cyrene: Agora, 'House XI': found in 1916.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum.


Sex(tarius) exag(tus) o(fficii) ṛei Aug(ustorum) n(ostrorum duorum) (sic) [e]t Caes(arum duorum)




1: AV[G]G NN [E]T Gasperini, 1965

English translation

Translation by: Editors

Sextarius, tested and found accurate (i.e. by officials) from the office of the Res (i.e. Res Privata) of our two Augusti and two Caesars.


For the building see Stucchi, Agora 330f.

Sextarius, a standard measure: Its actual capacity is 0.635 litres.

The date should be between 293 and 305 when there were two Augusti (Diocletian and Maximian) and two Caesars (Constantius Chlorus and Galerius).

The text is one of the few pieces of evidence so far discovered for the administration of public property in Cyrenaica in the later imperial period.

Bibliography: Gasperini, 1965, 334 and pl. LXIII.6, whence AE 1968.543, whence EDH 015581; Gasperini, 1967a, 55 and fig. 42; discussed Struffolino, 2014, 369.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face a (Department of Antiquities, F 872)

   Fig. 2. Face b (Department of Antiquities, F 871)