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C.551. Fragmentary honours

Description: Limestone block, broken at the left edge, w: 91.10 x h: 0.38 x d: 0.45).
Text: Inscribed on one face, which is very worn.
Letters: Probably first century CE; line 1, 0.12; line 2, 0.09.

Date: Probably first century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: North Necropolis, beside the Apollonia Road, near the circular Tomb (Cassels N.1); found before 1915.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum


[--- p]ont(ifici) auguri co[(n)s(uli) ---]
[---] Mamilianum proc̣[o(n)s(ulem) ---]




1: Applebaum preferred co[loniae
2: mam Pinianum proc(uratorem) AE

English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

. . . for so-and-so, priest, augur, co[nsul . . . by meansd of] Mamiianus, proc[onsul . . .


Probably re-used in the Circular Tomb. The text is more likely to be honorary than funerary.

Line 1: Probably co[(n)s(uli)]; if so, in view of the eminence of the agent employed to produce the monument, the honorand might very well be a member of the imperial family e.g. Caius Caesar, Germanicus, or Drusus or Tiberius Caesar. Applebaum preferred co[loniae, dated the text in the second century and suggested a reference to the arrangements made for the repopulation of Cyrene after Jewish Revolt.

Line 2 Probably pro[co(n)s(ulem)] rather than pro[curatorem], since there is no other evidence for the presence of a procurator in Cyrenaica before the reign of Septimius Severus (C.183).

Bibliography: Ghislanzoni, 1915, 179, whence AE 1915.110, whence EDH HD029457; Rowe, 1956 10, n.1; mentioned Applebaum, 1951 181f.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


None available (2020).