IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

C.397. Posthumous honours for Kudimacha

Description: Marble base with socket for a statue on top (w: 0.74 x h: 0.20 x d: 0.59).
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: First century CE; line 1, 0.035; lines 2-3, 0.04.

Date: First century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: Sanctuary of Apollo; found before 1941
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum.


Δάματρι καὶ Κόραι ἡρωίδα
Κυδιμάχαν ( vac. 2) Κλεάρχω
ἀρετᾶς ἕνεκα Κυραναῖοι



English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

To Demeter and Kore, the Cyrenaeans (scil. dedicated the statue of) the Heroine, Kudimacha (scil. daughter) of Klearchos, because of her virtue.


A homonym, perhaps identical, is listed as priestess of Hera in C.103, line 13. The use of ἡρώις in line 1 indicates that she was dead when the statue was erected, as the dedication to Chthonic goddesses confirms (see Dobias-Lalou, art.cit.).

Bibliography: SECir, 1961-1962, 51 p. 249 (from T. XI 70), whence Robert, Bulletin Épigraphique, 1964.562; discussed, Dobias-Lalou, 2006 with fig. 3, whence SEG 56.2033; further discussion by Dobias-Lalou, 2016b, 169-170.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face (Reynolds VIII.99)

   Fig. 2. Face

   Fig. 3. Face