IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

C.599. Caption for the statue of an athlete

Description: Marble stele consisting of a base carrying a nude figure of an athlete with a palm-branch in one hand. To his right are piled four crowns, and he is placing a fifth on his head. To his left is a small altar on which lies an animal, apparently a dog.
Text: a. Inscribed on the base (w: 0.28 x h: 0.06), which has been broken at the left side since discovery. b. Inscribed on the altar (w: 0.05 x h: 0.105).
Letters: Second-third century CE. a: line 1, 0.03; line 2, 0.01-0.015; lunate epsilon, lunate sigma, cursive omega; in line 1, ὁ is written within the final lunate sigma of Ἀντωνιανός; a roughly incised palm branch concludes the text. b: 0.01-0.012, lunate sigma.

Date: Third century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: North Necropolis, in front of the tomb used by the Norton Expedition as a dark room; found in January 1911
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum


[Ἀντ]ωνιανὸϲ ὁ καὶ Μῶροϲ



English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

(a) Antonios (i.e. Antonius) also called Moros, an Ephesian.

(b) Paregoris


The portrait statue is dated by Rosenbaum, l.c., in the second quarter of third century; for the man see also C.553. The crowns indicate that he had won at least five contests.

b: Chamoux, ponited out that Paregoris is in fact the name of the dog. It is a good name for a dog; she was dead and her image was placed upon her funerary monument on her master’s own monument.

Bibliography: Robinson, 1913, from De Cou, 45 with drawing, cf. Robinson, 1913a, 505, whence Sammelbuch, I.5892; Norton, 1911R. Norton 160, and pl. LXXVI; Rosenbaum, 1960, 285, pl. CI, nos. 3, 4, whence SEG 20.752, PHI 324507. Discussed, Chamoux, 1988, Chamoux, 2002, whence Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique, 2004.449; see also Chamoux, 2001.
Text constituted from: Transcription from the monument and the photograph (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Statue, front (2008, H.Walda)

   Fig. 2. Statue, front (2008, H.Walda)

   Fig. 3. Statue, left side (2008, H.Walda)

   Fig. 4. Statue, right side (2008, H.Walda)

   Fig. 5. Statue, right side, detail (2008, H.Walda)

   Fig. 6. Plinth, with a (2008, H.Walda)

   Fig. 7. Plinth, with a (2008, H.Walda)

   Fig. 8. Right side, text b (2008, H.Walda)

   Fig. 9. b, with part of a

   Fig. 10. b, with part of a