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C.652. Dedication (?)

Description: Fragment of a reddish (so Oliverio) marble stele w: 90.25 x h: 0.18 x d: 0.075
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: First-second century: 0.03.

Date: First to second centuries CE

Findspot: Cyrene: Findspot unrecorded. Found before 1941.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum.


[---] υἱός̣ [---]
[ἱερεὺς? τ]ελεσφ̣[όρος]
[---] Ι̣ΟΣ Ι̣[---]



1: υἱὸς SECir, 1961-1962
2: Τελεσ[φόρος SECir, 1961-1962
3: Ἀπόλλων]ος ἱ[ερεύς ? SECir, 1961-1962

English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

. . . ] son [ . . priest] conducting initiation [ . . .


The only other known use of this title in the Roman period is in C.263, line 1, where it is applied to a priest of Apollo whose name is lost; he was followed on the stone there by Ti. Claudius Istros son of Phaidimos, priest in CE 100/101 whose name would fit the traces surviving here in line 3. See further commentary on C.263

Line 3: perhaps Oliverio was right in restoring the title of priest of Apollo; but the traces may also be from another name.

Bibliography: SECir, 1961-1962, 13 (from T.XI.14).
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. From left, two unidentified fragments, C.652 (Department of Antiquities, F. 1730)