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C.172. Fragmentary imperial? building inscription

Description: Nine blocks (a. - i.) of limestone (sizes varying). j. is another block perhaps from the lower register of the same text.
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: Probably second century CE; ave. 0.20 except for j., 0.13; lunate epsilon and sigma, cursive omega; although the stones are probably all from the same text, the spacing of the letters is not quite uniform.

Date: Probably second century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: Valley Street, re-used in late walls, south side, immediately west of Temple A; found in 1959.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum.


(a-i): [ὑπὲρ ϲ]ωτη[ρίαϲ κ]αὶ νείκηϲ [Αὐτοκράτορο]ϲ Καίϲ[αροϲ ---] τοῦ [εὐεργέτου τῆϲ ὅληϲ? οἰκουμέ]νηϲ [---]ΤΩ[---]ΤΩΝ̣ [---]ΤΩΙ[---]
(j): [---Πεν?]τάπ[ολ?]-



English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

(Possibly) : On behalf of the victory of Emperor Caesar [ . . . ] the [benefactor of the] whole world [ . . . ] ?Pentapolis [ . . .


This restoration is very hypothetical.

Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Fragment e, d, a (E.Alföldi-Rosenbaum: Reynolds VI.93)

   Fig. 2. Fragment b (E.Alföldi-Rosenbaum: Reynolds VI.95)

   Fig. 3. Fragment c and f

   Fig. 4. Fragment e (Joyce Reynolds, II. 78)

   Fig. 5. Fragment g (E.Alföldi-Rosenbaum: Reynolds VI.92)

   Fig. 6. Fragment h (E.Alföldi-Rosenbaum: Reynolds VI.96)

   Fig. 7. Fragment i

   Fig. 8. Fragment i (E.Alföldi-Rosenbaum: Reynolds VI.92)