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C.161. Christian invocation

Description: Marble stele, moulded above, with two small holes drilled on the top near the front edge (w: 0.36 x h: 0.98 x d: 0.305).
Text: Graffito on the moulding above C.160, which is chipped, especially at the right side.
Letters: Too rough to date; 0.01 - 0.02; lunate epsilon, lunate sigma, cursive omega. Very lightly and irregularly cut.

Date: Fifth-sixth century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: East Church, standing in the East apse; found in 1955.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot (1955)


((crux)) Κ(ύρι)ε βοηθήϲων τῶ [---]



English translation

Translation source: Reynolds-Ward-Perkins-Goodchild, 2003

Lord, help [ . . .


Re-used in the East Church, which was built in the fifth century, but remodelled in the sixth.

A personal name probably followed; the surviving traces are not consistent with the common formula δούλου σοῦ here - presumably the postulant's name stood here. The scratched text has the appearance of a personal prayer, perhaps by a workman.

Bibliography: Reynolds, 1960 p.285, 2, whence SEG 18.754, PHI 324456; Reynolds-Ward-Perkins-Goodchild, 2003, 153.14 and fig. 109
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face (Reynolds III.91.2)

   Fig. 2. Face (Reynolds VI.1)