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C.329. Dedication for Apollo

Description: Flat face of an engaged half-column of marble, w: 0.30 x h: 0.58 x d: 0.56; C.330 was inscribed on the opposite, curved, face.
Text: Inscribed on the drum (w: 0.26 x h: 0.57); the presentation in CIG suggests that the left side of the text (now missing) and the right were separated by a space - or even a feature.
Letters: Second-third century CE: 0.02 - 0.03: lunate epsilon, lunate sigma, cursive omega.

Date: Second to third centuries CE

Findspot: Cyrene: Fountain of Apollo, on the terrace below; first recorded in 1819, before the left side was lost.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum.


Μ(αρκοϲ) Βαλέρ̣ιοϲ
Ἀρίστων [ἱ]ερώμε-
νοϲ τοῦ̣ κτίϲτου
Ἀπόλλωνοϲ ἐκ τῶν
5ἰ̣δίων τὸ ἴχνοϲ ἐ-
πεϲκεύα̣ϲεν ((leaf))
καὶ ἀνέθηκεν



The text on the left is based οn the readings in 1827; the left side was missing by 1911.

Italian translation

Translation source: Vitali, 1932

A. Valerio Aristone, sacerdote di Apollo Ctiste, a proprie spese, restaurò e consacrò l'accesso (?).

English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

M(arkos) Balerios (i.e. M(arcus) Valerius) Ariston, being priest of Apollo the founder, repaired and dedicated the footmark, from his own resources.


Line 5: No doubt the imprint of a divine foot; for a discussion of dedications of this type very commonly offered to Serapis and Zeus Hypsistos, see M. Guarducci, Rend. Pont. Acc. XIX (1942/3) 305f..

Bibliography: From a copy made in 1819 by Fr. Pacifico da Monte Cassiano and passed to Pietro Negri, the Sardinian consul in Tripoli, CIG, Vol.III, 5141, and p. 1241; described, the left side being already lost, Robinson, 1913, from De Cou,193; see also Vitali, 1932, 68; SECir, 1961-1962, 43 and fig. 40 (from T. XI 73).
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face (1911, Norton 41)