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C.222. List of priests

Description: Damaged marble stele consisting of two blocks standing on a base that is moulded on three sides (together, w: 0.70 x h: 1.05 x d: 0.83); also inscribed with GVCyr 30, below; C.223 is on the left face.
Text: Inscribed on right face; each entry in a different hand. It is probable that originally there was another block on top, so that the present line 1 was in fact the continuation of a running list of priests of Flavian date.
Letters: Lines 1,2: First century CE, lines 3 ff: second to third century: lines 1-4, 0.035; line 5, 0.05, lines 6-8, 0.04-0.055; lunate epsilon, lunate sigma, in lines 4-6, 8; line 6-8 in a later hand. superscript bar above numerals, l.2, praenomen l.4.

Date: 77-170 CE

Findspot: Cyrene: Byzantine Baths: found in 1922, re-used as a paving stone.
Original location: In the pronaos of the Temple of Apollo beside the entrance to the cella, on the left side.
Last recorded location: Temple of Apollo: replaced in its original location (2008).


[(ἔτους)] ρ̣η̣´ Τ̣ειμαγένης Θεοδώρο[υ]
(ἔτους) ρι´ ((stop)) Εὐφράνωρ ((stop)) Ἀντιπάτρω
( vac. 1) (ἔτους) σ´, θ´ Ἀντωνείνου τοῦ κυρίου
( vac. 3) Γ(άϊοϲ) Κοράνιοϲ Ἄλεξιϲ {Ι} Αἰλιανόϲ
5 ( vac. 3) ἱερεὺϲ καλλιέτηϲ
( vac. 3) Φιλοξένου
ἐπὶ Λουκίω
( vac. 1) Ἀλεξίδοϲ




1: ρηʹ So Oliverio and Gasperini: Reynolds is more cautious; Θεοδ : Θευδ SECir, 1961-1962
3: L ϹΘ; L σθʹ SECir, 1961-1962
4: γʹ Κοράνιος Ἄλεξις Ἰαιλιανὸς SECir, 1961-1962

English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

. . . ? ] Year 108, Teimagenes (scil. son) of Theodoros; Euphranor (scil. son) of Antipatros; Year 200, 9th of the lord Antoninos, G(aios) (i.e. G(aius)) Koranios Alexis Ailianos, priest in a good year; in the time of Loukios (i.e. Lucius) Alexis.


Line 1: the bases of three uprights are visible above the figure - probably [(ἔτους)] ρη', 108 of the Actian era = CE 77/78

Line 2: 110 of the Actian era = CE 79/80.

Line 3: The layout might suggest (ἔτους) σθ', 209 of the Actian era = CE 178/179 (so Oliverio), but if so there is no regnal figure and it is probably better to take it as suggested in the text, i.e. 200/201 of the Actian era, the ninth year of M. Aurelius = CE 169/70.

Line 5: For the epithet καλλιέτης, used several times of priests at Cyrene, see Robert, Hellenica I, 11-13; II (1946) 14 ff; Hellenica XI-XII, 553-5.

Lines 7-8: Perhaps a previous informal text, since it seems to underlie the name of Philoxenos son of Alexis. The hand is very like that of -]κιω in C.266, l.7.

Bibliography: Mentioned Oliverio, 1929, 113, Pernier, 1935 93 f on which see Robert, 1940a, 13, whence Robert, Bulletin Épigraphique, 1941.179; published SECir, 1961-1962, 9.b, fig. 11 (from T.XI 64); Gasperini, 2007 fig. 3..
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face, with GVCyr 30 (Department of Antiquities, E.320)

   Fig. 2. Face, with GVCyr 30 (2008, H.Walda)

   Fig. 3. Face, with GVCyr 30 (2008, H.Walda)