IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

C.417. Caption on a mosaic panel

Description: Part of a rough mosaic floor.
Text: Mosaic lettering. Line 1 is to the left of, and line 2 below, the slight depression in the centre of the floor. to the right of this is the outline of what appears to be intended as a wreath with pendent ribbons. Other tesserae of the sort used for the text can be seen in the floor.
Letters: Line 1, 0.10; line 2, 0.12; lunate sigma.

Date: First - second century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: Greek Baths: found during excavations in 1934, on the floor.
Original location: Findspot
Last recorded location: Findspot.





2: ΣΑΜΜΑΙΟΥ Venturini, 2013

English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

Paris (scil. son) of Sampaios


This building can hardly have remained in use after the erection of the retaining wall of the Valley Street in the stretch betwen the Sanctuary and the Antonine Arch (see C.213), which must be dated in the Antonine-Severan period, and this provides a terminus ante quem for the mosaic which is itself difficult to date.

Line 2 the name recalls Egyptian names in Σαμπ-, see Preisigke, Namenbuch s.v.

Bibliography: Venturini, 2013 no. 61⟨ ; for the building Wright, 1957, 307 f
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Line 1 (Reynolds VI.86)

   Fig. 2. Line 2 (Reynolds VI.87)