IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

C.457. Fragments from a building inscription

Description: Three limestone blocks (a. w: 0.71 x h: 0.405 x d: 0.46; b. w: 0.795 x h: 0.42 x d: 0.45; c. w: 0.52 x h: 0.17 x d: 0.425). All damaged in some degree.
Text: Inscribed on one face with letters from a monumental inscription.
Letters: 0.025 - 0.0275; letters with notably broad and flat-based trenches, Roman period.

Date: Perhaps second half of the first century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore: area F11, 1, 2 (interior, S7 Building).
Original location: Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore.
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum, Storeroom of the American excavations





a: Nu is incomplete and might perhaps be part of mu.
c: The strokes do not quite join at the peak; the letter may have been alpha, delta, lambda, just possibly part of mu.

English translation

Translation source: Reynolds, 2012

(Not usefully translatable)


It is tempting to suggest that we have here part of: ἀνέθηκαν, "they dedicated". Note that this is the only building inscription found on the site so far.

Bibliography: Reynolds, 2012, A.29.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. a: Face (Donald White)

   Fig. 2. b: Face (Donald White)

   Fig. 3. b: Face (Donald White)

   Fig. 4. b: Face (Donald White)