IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

C.191. Fragments from a ?building inscription

Description: Seven marble blocks. a. w: 0.51 x h: 0.81 x d: 0.27; b. w: 0.45 x h: 1.17 x d: 0.20; c. w: 0.375 x h: 1.18 x d: 0.21; d. and e. w: 0.83 x h: 1.17 x d: 0.23; f. w: 0.48 x h: 0.745 x d: 0.20; g. w: 0.40 x h: 1.23 x d: not measurable; h. w: 0.47 x h: 1.18 x d: 0.31;
Text: Each inscribed on one face which is slightly concave, at 0.03 below the upper edge.
Letters: Probably first century: 0.11.

Date: Probably first century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: Valley Street: a-f photographed in 1929, apparently as found re-used in the paving of Public Building E. g found in 1955, re-used as a stair-tread in the south entrance to the Central Church. h found in 1958 in late buildings behind the church.
Original location: It is possible that all originally served as part of a balustrade in Theatre 3.
Last recorded location: a to f are now in Cyrene Museum (2008), the remainder on the site near findspots.


[---]( vac. 1) Cae[---]
b + d + e
[---] L(uci) f(ilius) ((stop)) Sc[aev]a ((stop)) Longu[s]
[---] Q(uinti) ((stop)) f(ilius) ((stop)) [---]
[---]sca ( vac. 1) [---]


[---]  CAE[---]
b + d + e
[---]LF SC[...]A LONGU[.]
[---]Q F [---]
[---]SCA  [---]

English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

(b + d + e): . . . ? ] Scaeva Longus, son of L(ucius) [ . . .

(c): . . . ] son of Q(uintus) [ . . .

(Remaining fragments not usefully translatable.)


a number of similar blocks, uninscribed, have been found in the Market Theatre.

Parts of at least two names are discernible. One of the missing nomina may have been e.g. Caesius or Caesernius, and one of the men perhaps had the cognomen Casca.

Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face: a, c and b (2008, H.Walda)

   Fig. 2. Face: a (2008, H.Walda)

   Fig. 3. Face: c, b and e (2008, H.Walda)

   Fig. 4. Face: d, and part of a (2008, H.Walda)

   Fig. 5. Face: h (Reynolds II.91.2)