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C.47. Honours for Gaius Clodius

Description: Marble base broken at the back and right side (w: 0.76 x h: 0.25 x d: 0.56).
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: First century BCE; 0.025.

Date: First century BCE

Findspot: Cyrene: reused in the Stoa of Hermes and Herakles; found in 1962
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum


Γάϊον Κλώδιον Ἀππίω υἱὸν Π̣[όλχρον]
στραταγὸν ὕπατον Ῥωμα[ίων]
τὸν εὐεργέταν καὶ πάτρ[ωνα]
( vac. 7)Κυραναῖοι( vac. 7)




1: Adams did not read the final Π

English translation

Translation by: Editors

Gaius Claudius Pulcher, son of Appius, general and consul of the Romans; the Cyrenaeans (scil. honoured him) as their benefactor and patron.


Line 2: for the term στραταγὸν ὑπατον Ῥωμαίων see the study by M. Holleaux, Στρατηγὸς ὕπατος, étude sur la traduction en grec du titre consulaire, (Paris 1918), making it clear that this does not describe a proconsul; must belong before the provincialization of Cyrene.

For Claudius Pulcher, consul in 92 BCE, see DPRR CLAU1753; he seems to have been appointed, as an experienced senior senator, to deal with the challenges involved in setting up a new province; see further E. Badian, 'Two more Roman non-entities', Phoenix 25 (1971), 134-144.

Bibliography: Gasperini, 1967, 53-57, with illustration figs. 2 and 3, whence AE 1967.532, mentioned Robert, Bulletin Épigraphique, 1973.536; Gasperini, 1967a, 22, and fig. 206, whence Robert, Bulletin Épigraphique, 1972.622a, mentioned Reynolds, 1972, 44; republished Adams, 2003, 61, n.69, whence SEG 53.2045, AE 2005.1652.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


None available (2020).