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C.451. Fragmentary dedication

Description: Bottom left-hand corner of base of large-grained white marble (w: 0.105 x h: 0.05 x d: 0.05); stained brown, damaged along all edges.
Text: Ιnscribed on the face, which is chipped.
Letters: Perhaps first century BCE - first century CE: 0.016 (omicron a little smaller than the rest); rho with a square bowl; poor alignment.

Date: Perhaps first century BCE to first century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore, found in 1974 during excavations: area E12/13,E,1. .
Original location: Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore.
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum, Storeroom of the American excavations (Inv. no. 74.337)


ΤΑΙ [--- Δάματρι? καὶ?]
Κόρηι ἀν[έθηκε? ( vac. )]



English translation

Translation source: Reynolds, 2012

. . . to Demeter and] Kore he/she dedicated (scil. this).


Kore figures here in the koine form of the dative case, so Demeter, if named, should do so too; ταῖ (line 1) would give the Doric form of the dative feminine article, so is unlikely to have referred to Demeter.

The poor quality of the lettering suggests a donor of modest status.

Bibliography: Reynolds, 2012, A.24, whence SEG 62.1795.12.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Right side (Donald White)