IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

C.28. Caption for a statue of Melpomene

Description: One of a group of six marble bases for statues of the Muses, inscribed with C.24, C.25, C.26, C.27, C.28, C.29; a seventh is uninscribed. Approximately rectangular base, unmoulded, (w: 0.45 - 0.54 x h: 0.10 x d: 0.36) carrying the figure of a muse complete except for the head, carrying a lyre.
Text: Inscribed on the base.
Letters: Second to third centuries. Atypical at Cyrene and possibly cut elsewhere; 0.05; lunate epsilon, traces of rubrication.

Date: Second to third centuries CE

Findspot: Cyrene: Theatre 2; found between 1962 and 1966.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum





English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché



For the statues see Menozzi, art.cit. For another group of the Muses, see on C.60. The context of both sets was probably connected with the Gymnasium.

Bibliography: Menozzi, 1998, whence Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique, 1999.611, SEG 48.2062
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Statue, front (2008, H.Walda)

   Fig. 2. Plinth (2008, H.Walda)