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C.51. Dedication of ephebic monument to Hermes and Herakles

Description: The greater part of a moulded marble base, recomposed from four pieces (together, w: 0.62 x h: 0.33 x d: 0.34), with texts on three faces. Front face, C.51, C.52 and C.53; left face, C.54; reverse face, C.55 and C.56.
Text: Inscribed on the front face
Letters: 0.03.

Date: First century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: House of Jason Magnus, precise findspot unrecorded, apparently to the East; found before 1941.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum


Ἴστρος Σεραπίωνος
Ἑρμαῖ ( vac. 3) Ἡρακλεῖ ( vac. 3)


ΕΡΜΑΙ      ΗΡΑΚΛΕΙ      

English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

Istros (scil. son) of Serapion, for Hermes and Herakles


This, the original dedication on the stone, indicates an ephebic monument; for Hermes and Herakles as gods of the gymnasium see H. Siska, De Mercurio ceterisque deis ad artem gymnicam pertinentibus (1933) esp. p. 3 f. and 38f.

Bibliography: Luni, 1976 p.241 no.9bis, whence SEG 32.1607, PHI 324552.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face (Joyce Reynolds I.87.4)

   Fig. 2. Face (Joyce Reynolds I.87.5)

   Fig. 3. Detail

   Fig. 4. Monument (Department of Antiquities)

   Fig. 5. Monument (Department of Antiquities)