IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

C.279. Fragmentary imperial honours

Description: Fragment of a limestone block with traces of moulding above (w: 0.44 x h: 0.32 x d: 0.20).
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: Second-third century; lines 1-2, 0.05-0.055; line 3, 0.04; cursive omega.

Date: Second-third century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: Temple of Apollo: found in 1959, in a late rubble-built wall to the west.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Findspot.


[--- Λου]κίω Αὐ[ρηλίω ---]
[---] διαμ[ονᾶς? ---]



English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

. . . ] ?permanence (i.e. in power, of an emperor) [ . . .


If διαμονᾶς is correctly restored in line 3, it is almost certain that lines 1 and 2 contained the names of a pair of emperors who should be Aurelius and Verus or Aurelius and Commodus. The text could be reconstructed on the following lines: [ὑπὲρ] τῶν [Αὐτοκρατόρων Καίσαρων Μ(άρκω) Αὐρηλίω Ἀντωνείνω καὶ] / [Λου]κίω Αὐ[ρηλίω Κομμόδω Σεβαστῶν νείκας καὶ σωτηρίας] / [καὶ] διαμ[ονᾶς αἰωνίας ...]

Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face (Reynolds, NB VIII.65)

   Fig. 2. Face (Joyce Reynolds I.98)

   Fig. 3. View on site (1961, Joyce Reynolds II.87)