IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

C.571. Fragmentary funerary date

Description: Wall block of limestone.
Text: Inscribed within an incised rectangular border; the surface is very woen in places
Letters: Second to third century : lightly scratched and irregular; lunate sigma, cursive omega.

Date: Second to third century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: probably North Necropolis, in or near the Tomb of the Mnesarchoi, N.171; found 11 September 1934.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Not seen. Read from the photograph.


ἐπὶ ἱερ[έω]ϲ τοῦ κτ̣[ί]σ̣του
[c. 4]νίου Μ[ν]ηϲάρχου
[c. 13]ΕΥ[..]



English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

In the priesthood of the founder god Apollo of -nios (scil. son) of Mnesarchos [ . . .


The priest is probably described by his patronymic; but it is also possible that he had a Roman nomen, Anto]nios Mnesarchos. The name occurs several times in the tomb, but only here in the koine form.

Bibliography: For the tomb see Cassels, 1955, 171, Thorn, 2009, 65-69
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Text (1934 September 11, Department of Antiquities, F 2616)