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C.298. Building inscription for the Temple of Isis

Description: Three limestone architrave blocks from a Doric entablature (each originally w: 1.72 long). The first is incomplete at the left end and the second and third are complete horizontally but damaged at top and bottom; the third is also damaged on the face, at the right end.
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: Second century; 0.07.

Date: CE 117-138

Findspot: Cyrene: Temple of Isis on the north façade; found in 1922.
Original location: Findspot
Last recorded location: Findspot: inaccessible to close examination (2008).


[ὑπὲρ τᾶς Αὐτοκ]ράτορος Τραιανῶι ((leaf)) Ἁδριανι Καίσαρος ((leaf)) Σεβαστ[ῶι] ὑγιείας καὶ διαμονᾶς ((leaf)) -Χα[c. 6]
[c. 12 τ]ὸν ναὸν Εἴσιδος ἐκ τᾶν τῶ Ἀπόλλωνος προσόδων ἱαρειτεύων τῶ Ἀπόλλων[ος]



1: Oliverio supplied τῶ before Αὐτοκράτορος, reads the whole of Ἁδριανῶι, and completed Σεβαστ[ῶ].
2: τᾶν : [τ]ᾶν SECir, 1961-1962

English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

For the health and permaence of Enperor Trajan Hadrian Caesar Augustus, Cha[- ?built/restored] he temple of Isis, while serving as the priest of Apollo, from the income of Apollo.


There were only three architrave blocks in all, and it is clear, from the requirements of the text, that the inscription impinged onto the end blocks of the side walls.

Line 1: 117-138. In view of the date, the work recorded may have been reconstruction after the Jewish Revolt of CE 115 but there is nothing in the text to show that it was not a completely new building.

Lines 1-2: The priest responsible is required here, e.g. Χα[ιρίλας] or Χα[ρικλῆς], followed by a patronymic.

Bibliography: SECir, 1961-1962, 72 fig. 63 (from T. XI 25), whence Robert, Bulletin Épigraphique, 1964.562, Vidman, 1969, 804; mentioned Kenrick, 2013, 213.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. View of the architrave (Department of Antiquities, F. 285)

   Fig. 2. Face, block a (2008, H.Walda)

   Fig. 3. Face, block b (2008, H.Walda)

   Fig. 4. Face, block c (2008, H.Walda)