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C.554. Funerary inscription, Tomb N.11

Description: Rock-cut tomb.
Text: Inscribed within a rectangular panel (w: 1.18 x h: 1.03), beside the entrance.
Letters: Lines 1,2, c. 0.10; lines 3,4, c. 0.085; lines 5-8, c. 0.08; very badly worn. / for ἀπελεύθερος in lines 5 and 7, in line 7 overlapping the abbreviated name of the patron.

Date: First - second century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: North Necropolis, N.11, beside the road to Apollonia (between N.13 and N.14); first found in 1825.
Original location: Findspot.
Last recorded location: Findspot (1998)


L(ucio) Vibio L(uci) l(iberto) Gattabo
L(ucius) Nụṃịsius Ḷ(uci) ḷ(ibertus) Ṃạṛịọ
f̣ṛạṭẹṛ faciendum
( vac. ) coerauit
5Λεύκιος Οὐίβιος Λευκίου (ἀπελεύθερος)
( vac. ) Γάτταβος
Λεύκιος̣ Ṇουμίσιος Μαρίω Λ(ευκίου) (ἀπελεύθερος)
ἀδελφὸς ἐποίησε[ν]



Italian translation

Translation source: Oliverio, DAI, 1933-1936

A L(ucio) Vibio, di L(ucio) l(iberto), Gattabo. L(ucio) Numisio, di L(ucio) l(iberto), Mario, fratello, costruire fece. Lucio Vibio, di Lucio (liberto) Gattabo. Lucio Numisio Mario, (di Lucio liberto) fratello, fece.

English translation

Translation by: Editors

(Latin): For L(ucius) Vibius Gattabus, freedman of L(ucius). L(ucius) Numisius Mario, freedman of L(ucius), his brother, was responsible for the construction (i.e. of the tomb).

(Greek): Leukios Ouibios Gattabos, freedman of Leukios. Leukios Numisios Mario, freedman of L(eukios), his brother, was responsible for the construction (i.e. of the tomb).


line 1 Also in C.555. It is tempting to connect the family with the governor Numisius Marcellianus, but the letter forms here look earlier.

Bibliography: Pacho, 1827, LXIII.8, and Letronne, p. 395, whence CIG, Vol.III, 5175 and p. 1241, CIL, 11, IGRR, I.1042; Oliverio, DAI, 1933-1936, 546 (133), pl. CXIV, fig. 109, whence SEG 9.247, PHI 324097, For the tomb see Thorn, 2009, 28; mentioned Kenrick, 2013, 237.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Transcription (1827, Pacho, plate LXIII)

   Fig. 2. Transcription detail (1827, Pacho, plate LXIII.8)

   Fig. 3. Text, lines 1-4 (BSR. 49. XXI.7)

   Fig. 4. Text, lines 5-8 (BSR. 49. XXI.8)

   Fig. 5. Face (Dorothy Thorn, 1998)

   Fig. 6. Face (Dorothy Thorn, 1998)