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C.731. Funerary inscription

Description: Upper part of a limestone stele with stylised gable and acroteria above (w: 0.53 x h: 0.62 x d: 0.21).
Text: Inscribed on one face which is in poor condition. A fault in the stone interrupts the word χάριν.
Letters: Second to third century; average 0.03, with traces of red paint. Lunate epsilon, lunate sigma, cursive omega.

Date: Second or third century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: findspot unrecorded; forst photographed in 1935.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum.


( vac. 3) Ἀυρηλίᾳ ( vac. 4)
( vac. 3) Θεοδώρᾳ ( vac. 3)
( vac. 3) τῇ ϲωφρο - ( vac. 3)
( vac. 3)νεϲτάτῃ ϲυμβίῳ
5Κλ(αύδιοϲ) Ϲεκοῦνδοϲ
ὁ καὶ Πε̣ι̣ρήνιοϲ μνεί-
αϲ χάριν
μητρὶ ἱππι-
κοῦ [---]



English translation

Translation by: Editors

For Aυrelia Theodora, his most chaste wife, Kl(audios) Sekoundos (i.e. Cl(audius) Secundus) also known as Peirenios (scil. made this) for her memory, the mother of an equestrian [ . . .


The formulae recall tombstones of Asia Minor rather than the local tradition, and it would be reasonable to suspect that the subjects may have been immigrants, or the descendents of immigrants, perhaps under the schemas of Trajan and Hadrian to repopulate Cyrenaica after the Jewish revolt of CE 115.

Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face (C. Dobias-Lalou, 2001: MFA 01/IV/10)