IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

C.135. Fragmentary decree of honours

Description: Fragment from the bottom of a marble panel: w: 0.09 x h: 0.12 x d: 0.05.
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: Probably first century CE : 0.015.

Date: Probably first century

Findspot: Cyrene: Agora, probably the Agora Square; photographed in 1925 as from the Agora.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum.


[---]Α̣ Κυρην̣[α---]
[---] τοῦ καὶ δ[---]
5[--- ε]ὐ̣εργεσ[ίας ἕνεκεν καὶ ---]
[--- εἰ?]ς ἑα[υτ?---]




1: The top of the second letter is shaved off, but Ι is rather close to Ω to be interpreted as Τ.

English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

. . . ]Cyren[aeans? . . . ] also [ . . . ] benefit[s? . . . ] ?for themselves [ . . .


Apparently a fragment from a decree of honours to one or more benefactors.

Line 2: The koine form of language is unlikely in a civic decree at this date; the text may, therefore, express the gratitude of an organised group within the city, such as the Jewish politeuma (for which, at Berenike see B.75 and B.76). See for a possibly similar document at Cyrene C.39.

Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Fragment (1925, Department of Antiquities, E.300)