IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

C.245. Fragmentary text

Description: Block of limestone broken in three, comprising a metope between two sets of triglyphs (w: 0.85 x h: 0.45 x d: 0.48).
Text: Inscribed on the metope; the face has deteriorated badly since discovery.
Letters: Probably first century CE: 0.09.

Date: Probably first century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: Baths of Trajan, built into the enclosure wall to the south; found in 1928.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Lying beside the Temple of Athena (2008).





Oliverio suggested [...]μα τῶι[...] / [...]Βεσπα[σιανῶι...].

English translation

Translation by: Editors

(Not usefully translatable)


Reynolds points out that would be normal for a text cut within a metope to be self-contained; but IGCyr108500 (not known to Reynolds at the time) provides a contrary example, and would support Oliverio's interpretation, and suggest a reference to a Flavian emperor. It seems just possible that we have here a female name Ματώι, and patronymic or husband's name in the genitive, Βεσπα; Ματω is attested in Asia Minor (so LGPN), but Βεσπας is not.

Bibliography: Oliverio, 1930, 7, p.172 fig. 36, whence SEG 9.162, PHI 324013.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face (Department of Antiquities, E.1105)

   Fig. 2. Face (2008, H.Walda)

   Fig. 3. Detail (2008, H.Walda)

   Fig. 4. View of block (2008, H.Walda)