IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

C.126. Dedication to Libya

Description: Circular base of white marble, consisting of three drums (h: 1.39 x diam.: 0.78). The top and bottom drums have a moulding and the face divided into two fasciae.
Text: Inscribed on the two upper drums: line 1 on the upper fascia of the upper drum and lines 2-3 on its lower fascia; lines 4-5 on the lower drum.
Letters: First century CE: line 1, 0.075; line 2, 0.06; line 3 0.065; line 4, 0.055; *symbol* for Manius in line 4.

Date: First century CE

Findspot: Cyrene, Agora; found in 1916.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Standing in the Agora Square near C.145, C.125. (2008)


( vac. 3) Libuae sacrum ( vac. 3)
pro salute P(ubli) Pomponi Secundi
( vac. 3) pro( vac. 1)co(n)s(ulis) ( vac. 3)
M(anius) Messius Atticus cliens


      PRO  COS      

English translation

Translation by: Editors

Sacred to Libya. For the safety of Publius Pomponius Secundus, proconsul, M(anius) Messius Atticus, his client (i.e. dedicated this).


Romanelli believed that the letters cannot be much later than mid first century CE; we do not feel confident that they can be so precisely dated.

Publius Pomponius Secundus, PIR2, P 756, Thomassen, Laterculi 38.019.

Line 4: Pehaps the Attikos of C.150; in any case, no doubt, resident in Cyrene and in view of his use of Latin likely to be of an italian immigrant family; he had presumably received favours from the proconsul.

Bibliography: Mentioned Ghislanzoni, Notiz. Arch. IV (1927) 200; Ferri, 1923, 8, 7, whence Vitali, 1932, 241 Romanelli, 1961, with fig 1, whence AE 1963.142.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Monument (Department of Antiquities, E. 751)

   Fig. 2. Monument (2008, H.Walda)

   Fig. 3. Face, centre (2008, H.Walda)

   Fig. 4. Face, right side (2008, H.Walda)