IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

C.235. Honours? for a priest

Description: Limestone column.
Text: Lightly cut or scratched on its east face; there are also a number of graffiti consisting in single letters or patterns. The letters in lines 3 and 5 to not appear to be related to the text.
Letters: Probably second century, 0.015-0.05; lunate sigma, cursive omega, there is a large ivy leaf at the end of line 1. The irregularity of the letters suggests that the text is informal, but this may be wrong.

Date: Probably second century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: Temple of Pluto, on the façade; found in 1926
Original location: Findspot.
Last recorded location: Findspot.


Τι(βερίῳ) Κλα̣υ̣δί̣ῳ
( vac. ) Τιβ(ερίω)
Α ( vac. 2)Θεοφράϲτῳ




1: Oliverio regarded the letters TI here as part of a pattern or monogram, unrelated to this text. It seems better to take it as belonging to the text, although it may be that it was later incorporated into a monogram.
2: These three first letters were regarded by Oliverio as intended to remedy the omission of the praenomen which he had supposed, see above. They are perhaps more likely to be the patronymic.

English translation

Translation by: Editors

For Ti(berios) Klaudios (i.e. Ti(berius) Cl(audius)) (scil. son) of Tib(erios) (i.e. Tib(erius)), Theophrastos, (scil. priest) in a good year.


The irregularity of the letters suggests that the text is informal, but this may be wrong, cf. those of GVCyr 28.

Line 4: For this epithet applied to priests at Cyrene, see commentary on C.222.

Bibliography: Oliverio, 1928, 15, 332f., fig. 21, whence SEG 9.186, PHI 324037
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face (Department of Antiquities, E.941)