IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

C.328. Dedication of an altar

Description: Limestone altar, moulded above and below (w: 0.56 x h: 1.10 x d: 0.40); one of a set of 6 altars, C.323, C.324, C.325, C.326, C.327, C.328.
Text: Inscribed on one face. a is on the upper moulding, b on the face below.
Letters: Probably second century, 0.08.

Date: Probably second century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: Fountain Terrace: Found probably in 1931, collected together, the inscriptions were turned face inwards, near the rock face, beside the Byzantine lime kilns.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Findspot.






a.1: Λ̣Ι̣Ι̣Ϲ SECir, 1961-1962; ΛϹ Catani, 2007

English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

(Not usefully translatable)


All the altars in this set that can be legible contain unusual elements. There is a discussion by Pugliese-Carratelli (1963).

a 1: on the analogy of the other altars in the group, this line should contain the name of the god or goddess in the dative. A dative in -οι is possible, but it may be that here the genitive was used. If so the line may have read e.g. [Π]άνο[ς] (Pan), or [Ὠκε]ανο[ῦ] (Ocean).

Bibliography: SECir, 1961-1962, 156.6, fig 120 (drawing only), whence Robert, Bulletin Épigraphique, 1964.570; Catani, 2007, 6 whence SEG 57.2023, Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique, 2008.604.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. C.328, C.327 and C.323 (Reynolds VIII.12)