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C.255. Building dedication for a column

Description: Part of an inscribed limestone column drum; w: 0.60 x h: 0.52.
Text: Inscribed on the shaft, in very irregular lines; the surface is in poor condition.
Letters: Second-third century; 0.09, but the final letters of lines 4 and 5 much smaller, 0.04; lunate epsilon, lunate sigma, cursive omega; an ivy leaf at the beginning of line 4; very roughly cut.

Date: Second to third centuries CE

Findspot: Cyrene: Found in 1925 in the Temple of Apollo: from the peristasis.
Original location: Temple of Apollo, peristasis, ninth column on the south-west side.
Last recorded location: Replaced in position.


Ἰάϲ[ων ---]
ϲ τὸν κείονα
5ἐ̣κ τῶν ἰδίων




1-2: [Τι.Κλαύδιος] / Ἰάϲων Μᾶ[γν]οϲ ὁ καὶ SECir, 1961-1962
3: The final ι is certain but is presumably for Η. The letters are very badly aligned.

English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

. . . ] Jas[on . . . ] Leokrates (scil. gave) the column from his own resources.


Oliverio (note book) read lines 2-3 as Ἰά̣ϲ̣ων̣ Μᾶ[γν]οϲ ὁ καὶ / Λεοκ̣ρ̣άτηϲ and this probably accounts for the reference in Pernier (see also Romanelli, loc.cit.) suggesting that one column was dedicated by Ti.Claudius Jason Magnus (see on C.64). Jason was a common name at Cyrene and there are no adequate grounds for identifying Jason Magnus with Jason Leokrates.

Bibliography: Mentioned Pernier, 1935, 139, and Romanelli, 1943, 117; published SECir, 1961-1962, 46, p.247, fig. 43 (from T. XI 20).
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


None available (2020).