IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

C.660. Fragmentary imperial honours

Description: Upper edge and right side of a block of limestone (w: 0.47 x h: 0.16 x d: 0.30).
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: First century CE; 0.05

Date: First century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: Findspot unrecorded. Photographed in 1936.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum.


[--- Δ]ά̣ματρα νέαν
[---φ]ορον ( vac. 5)



English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

. . . ] New Demeter [ . . .


A new Demeter is likely to be a member of the imperial household, presumably being honoured here with a statue. For this title of Livia see IAph 2007, 12.1002, and Lampsacus, IK 6, 11 (available at at PHI 287506) as well as CIG 2815 and ILS 121; for Sabina, see IG VII. 73, 74, (available at PHI 143549, 143550). In view of the letter-forms Livia is to be preferred here.

Line 2: Probably a cult-title of Demeter, e.g. Θεσμόφορος, Καρπόφορος.

Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face (1 Dec. 1936, Department of Antiquities, F 3002)

   Fig. 2. Face (1 Dec. 1936, Department of Antiquities, F 3002)