IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

C.500. Dedication to Demeter and Kore

Description: Lower part of a circular base of limestone, moulded below (h: 0.065 x diam.: 0.09). Damaged sculpture above, interpreted by Oliverio as showing a head of silphium.
Text: Inscribed on an encircling band (h: 0.02).
Letters: Second-third centuries CE: 0.08.

Date: Second to third century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: East Necropolis, on the hill of Eluet Gassam; found before 1933.
Original location: Probably Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore.
Last recorded location: Findspot (1933).


((leaf))Ἰουλία ((leaf)) Ἀννία ((leaf)) ἀνέθη{θη}κε ((leaf)) Δήμητρι καὶ ((leaf)) [Κό]ρη[ι]



Italian translation

Translation source: Oliverio, DAI, 1933-1936

Giulia Annia consacrò a Demetra e a Cora.

English translation

Translation source: Reynolds, 2012

Julia Annia dedicated (i.e. this) to Demeter and Kore


All details are taken from Oliverio; SEG appear to have misread or misprinted the proposed date (as third century BCE).

It is not clear what context existed for this dedication on the East Hill, and it may well be that it was moved there in modern times from the sanctuary in the Wadi Bel Gadir.

Bibliography: Oliverio, DAI, 1933-1936, 81 (73), pl. XXV, figs. 37 a, b, c, d, whence SEG 9.106, PHI 323960; Reynolds, 2012, B.8.
Text constituted from: Transcription from the photographs (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Central part of text (Department of Antiquities, F. 481)