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C.195. Building inscription

Description: Semicircular mosaic floor of a small fountain.
Text: Mosaic lettering within a narrow panel damaged at the lower edge (w: 2.66 x h: 0.30).
Letters: Probably third century: line 1, 0.12; line 2, 0.11, square sigma.

Date: Probably third century

Findspot: Cyrene: Found in 1957 in Valley Street, Fountain at the west end of building H, at the intersection with the main North-South Street of the city, "carrefour de la Vallée".
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Findspot.


Ϲωσίβιοϲ Ῥοῦφοϲ
δεκ(ουρίων) ἐποίηϲεν



English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

Sosibios Rouphos (i.e. Sosibius Rufus) , dec(urion) made (scil. this)


Also in C.194; perhaps the father of the Sosibios Rouphos the younger in C.312. All three monuments are likely to be of the middle third century

Line 2 or δεκ(άπρωτος). Neither term is otherwise attested at Cyrene. If δεκ(ουρίων) is correct it would appear to imply a Romanisation of the nomenclature of municipal government, which could perhaps be connected with the activity of Claudius Gothicus, see C.86, but it should be noted that Synesius still used the Greek forms, cf. Ep. 93.

Bibliography: Venturini, 2013, 105, whence Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique, 2014.539; mentioned Kenrick, 2013, 188.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Beginning of lines 1 and 2 (Reynolds VII.11)

   Fig. 2. Parts of lines 1 and 2 (Reynolds VII.8)

   Fig. 3. Parts of lines 1 and 2 (Reynolds VII.10)

   Fig. 4. Parts of lines 1 and 2 (Reynolds VII.9)

   Fig. 5. End of line 1 (Reynolds VII.7)