IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

C.373. Invocation?

Description: Rock-cut channel, with multiple informal inscriptions, C.336 to C.392; some are traced in the mud that coats the walls of the channel, others have been modelled by attaching strips of clay or mud to the rock.
Text: Graffito on a smoothed area of clay, in very bad condition.

Date: Second to early fourth century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: Fountain of Apollo: rock-cut channel behind the fountain; first described in 1822, but not fully recorded until 1916.
Original location: Fountain of Apollo.
Last recorded location: Fountain of Apollo; no longer accessible.


Κύρι̣ ἰ̣ατρέ
[c. 4 ὑ]γίαν̣




1-2: Κύρη ἰατρε/υ- Oliverio, 1927a; Κύρι(ε) ἰατρέ ? suggested by Tod SEG

English translation

Translation by: Editors

Lord Doctor give health


For commentary on this series see on C.336.

Line 2: Oliverio's reading suggests Κύρη as the goddess of the fountain; cf. Stephanus Byzantinus s.v. Κυρήνη for which he suggests a derivation Κύρης πηγῆς ἐγχωρίου (text at Hathi Trust) In Tod's reading, given here, ἰατρός should refer to Asklepios, or, less probably, to Apollo. There is no other evidence at Cyrene connecting the Nymphs with healing but for the association elsewhere, see Roscher, s.v. nymphae, col. 512.

Bibliography: First mentioned in 1822, but not fully recorded until 1916. Oliverio, 1927a, 45, p.232, with a drawing, p.233, tav. VII, 29, whence SEG 9.285, PHI 324134.
Text constituted from: From previous publications, drawings and photographs (Reynolds).


None available (2020).