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C.448. Fragmentary honours

Description: . Fragment of a limestone base (w: 0.37 x h: 0.165 x d: 0.32); broken away at letter side and damaged on all surfaces.
Text: Ιnscribed on the face.
Letters: Letters, perhaps first century BCE: 0.025 - 0.03.

Date: Probably first century BCE

Findspot: Cyrene: Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore, found in 1971 during excavations: area E15,3,3.
Original location: Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore.
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum, Storeroom of the American excavations (Inv. no. 71.713, now 375.4.)


[--- καὶ] τ̣ᾶ̣ς ποτὶ [τὸς θεὸς εὐσεβέας?]



English translation

Translation source: Reynolds, 2012

. . . ] and their [piety] towards [the gods ?goddesses . . .


If, as seems probable, this text belongs to the group in which the city of Cyrene honours a benefactor (see on C.445), line 1 will have contained the honorand’s name, line 2 an account of his or her virtues - in the first place perhaps nothing more specific than ἀρετή, in the second piety (possibly towards τᾶς θεάς or to the gods in general), and we would expect a line 3 with Κυραναῖοι, but the space here seems inadequate for a third line.

Bibliography: Reynolds, 2012, A.21, whence SEG 62.1793.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face

   Fig. 2. Face

   Fig. 3. Face (Donald White)

   Fig. 4. Face (Donald White)

   Fig. 5. Face (Donald White)