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C.447. Fragmentary honours

Description: Right-hand side of a soft limestone base (w: 0.32 x h: 0.20 x d: 0.13) with traces of moulding at top and bottom.
Text: Damaged along all sides, inscribed on the face.
Letters: , perhaps first century BCE: 0.021 - 0.022.

Date: Probably first century BCE

Findspot: Cyrene: Found in 1969 in the Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore, in excavations: area 2,1,2.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum, Storeroom of the American excavations (Inv. no. 69.41)


[---]άρχω ( vac. )
[c. 4 χάριν? κ]αὶ τᾶς ποτὶ
[τὰς θεὰς εὐ]σ̣ε̣βέας ( vac. )
[Κυρ]ά̣να̣ιοι ( vac. )



English translation

Translation source: Reynolds, 2012

. (scil. son or daughter?) of [ . . . -]archos [for their ?virtue] and their piety towards [the goddesses (?gods)], (scil. set up by) the Cyrenaeans.


Line 1 probably gives the end of the patronymic of the person honoured.

Line 2: the standard practice at the likely date was to single out qualities for praise, something like εὔνοια or ἀρετή with the piety which we seem to have here - JMR has assumed that here it was piety to the goddesses, but more commonly it was piety to all gods, therefore τὸς θεός.

Line 4 contained the name of those who paid the honour, and one would expect ΚΥΡΑΝΑΙΟΙ, the Cyrenaeans; but the surviving letters are not absolutely clear. For civic honours paid in the Sanctuary see on C.445.

Bibliography: Reynolds, 2012, A.20, whence SEG 62.1792.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


None available (2020).