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C.181. Fragmentary building inscription

Description: Two limestone blocks, the second with traces of moulding above from a Doric entablature, and a fragment of a third (a and b together: w: 2.55 x h: 0.50 x d: 0.32; c: w: 0.37 x h: 0.42 x d: 0.16). d is another similar block.
Text: Inscribed on one face, probably from the same monumental inscription. In a and b the surface is heavily worn. d does not appear to have been inscribed in the position of the first and third line.
Letters: a, b and c: Second century, 0.06. d: Forms very like those of the other fragments, though their size is very slightly smaller.

Date: ? 180-192 CE

Findspot: Cyrene: Valley Street, a in the threshold of Temple F, b in the wall of the late house beside it, d built into a wall to the east; found in 1957.
Original location: It is probable that all four came originally from the architrave of Temple F.
Last recorded location: Findspots (1957)


(Erased name ? of Commodus)
[---]Λ̣Ι̣Σ̣Ι̣Α̣ τὸν ναὸν ἐκ [θεμελίω]ν κατεσκεύασεν σὺν
[---] καὶ̣ τ̣ὸ̣ν̣ [c. 4]ΠΟΝ ἐκ τῶν ἰδίων ( vac. 1)
[---]( vac. 3)[---]
[---]( vac. 1)[---]


(Erased name ? of Commodus)
[---]      [---]
[---]  [---]


English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

(a-b) ?Emperor Commodus (name erased) . . . -]lisia built the temple with . . . and the [?] at his/their own expense.

c and d are not translatable.


a-b: In view of the letter forms, the completely erased line probably contained the name and titles of Commodus.

a-b, line 1: Probably the patronymic of the donor - the reading is very uncertain, but [Κ]λισια would be possible: cf M.158.

d. is probably not from this inscription, but may be from a related text.

Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Block b, face (Reynolds VIII.27)

   Fig. 2. Block b, face

   Fig. 3. Block b (Joyce Reynolds 1961, II.70))

   Fig. 4. Block c, face (Reynolds VIII.58)

   Fig. 5. Block c, face

   Fig. 6. Block c, view (Joyce Reynolds 1961)