IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

C.760. Dedication to Sarapis and Isis

Description: Small-scale limestone altar with plain mouldings above and below, horns at four upper angles and a square hole on the upper face. (w: 0.085 x h: 0.11 x d: 0.078)
Text: Inscribed on the face between the mouldings (w: 0.065 x h: 0.055 x d: 0.06).
Letters: 0.06 (sigma) to 0.01 (rho); small delta, square sigma.

Date: Probably second century AD

Findspot: Cyrene: no further location
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum (Inventory no 2983); Observed in 1982 by CDL (IGCyr team).


Ἴϲιδι ( vac. 3)



English translation

Translation by: Joyce M. Reynolds, Charlotte Roueché, Catherine Dobias-Lalou

For Sarapis, Isis

French translation

Translation by: Catherine Dobias-Lalou

Pour Sarapis et Isis


Nothing is known about the findspot, except that this undersize altar cames from Cyrene. A series was found in the enclosed sanctuary of Demeter and Kore, just outside the city-walls; this one might rather come from the sanctuary of Isis and other Alexandrine deities on the acropolis. However as it could be easily moved, it might also pertain to a domestic cult and come from a private house.

Bibliography: Fabbricotti, 2007 no 7 and fig. 7, whence Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique, 2008.601, SEG 57.2017.1 and AE 2007.1674.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Dobias-Lalou, Fabricotti, Reynolds).


None available (2020).