IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

C.16. Boundary? marker

Description: Part of a brown limestone stele (w: 0.45 x h: 0.90 x d: 0.67), broekn away above and, apparently, below.
Text: Inscribed on the exposed face, which is very worn below
Letters: First century CE: c. 0.035; lunate sigma.

Date: 86-96 CE

Findspot: Cyrene: re-used in a late wall south of the Caesareum. Found in 1971.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot 1971


[Αὐτοκράτωρ Καῖϲαρ Θε̣-
οῦ] Ο̣ὐ̣[ε]σ[π]αϲια- ( vac. 1)
[νο]ῦ υἱὸϲ [Δ]ομετι-
[α]νὸϲ Ϲε[β]αϲτὸϲ
5[Γερ]μανικὸϲ̣ ἀρχιε-
[ρε]ὺϲ μέγιϲτ̣οϲ δη-
μ[αρ]χ̣ικῆϲ [ἐ]ξουϲί-
α[ϲ τ]ὸ [.. ? ..] ὕπατοϲ
[τὸ .. ? .. τι]μ̣η̣τ̣ὴ[ς]
10 δ[ιὰ βίου πατὴρ]
[πατρί]δ̣ος̣ [..]Ε
[c. 6]ΜΟ[..]Α ( vac. 1)
[c. 4 ἀν]θυ[πάτου]


Α[..]Ο[.. ? ..]ΥΠΑΤΟϹ
[.... ? ....]...Η[.]

English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

[Emperor Caesar] Domitian son of [deified] Vespasian, Augustus, victor over Germany, high priest (i.e. pontifex maximus), holding tribunician power for the [?th time], consul [for the ?th time], censor perpetuus, father of the fatherland [ . . . pro]con[sul . . .


Line 9: Domitian was censor perpetuus from the end of 85.

line 12 The fragmentary text appears to indicate activity in which the proconsul acted as Domitian's agent. The stele resembles boundary stelae: see P.28, recording (in Latin) Domitian's restoration of wrongfully occupied city land to Ptolemais in Latin; but there, as here, the imperatorial salutation is omitted from the title.

Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. View (1971-08-21, Department of Antiquities, B 2067)