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C.767. Dedication to imperial divinities

Description: Part of a column, probably of limestone (h: c. 0.26).
Text: Inscribed on the drum.
Letters: First century CE: lines 1, 2, 0.02; line 3, 0.03.

Date: First century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: photographed in 1932; findspot unrecorded.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Not rediscovered


[Θ]ε̣οῖς Σεβαστοῖς̣
[Ἰσ]ο̣κράτης Κλεάρ̣[χω]



English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

For the deified Augusti, Isokrates (scil. son) of Klearchos, serving as priest.


The plural in line 1 should indicate a date after the deification of Livia in CE 41 - and for an early reaction to this cf. IRT 273, a dedication made Dis Augustis at Lepcis Magna between 41 and 43; but it had been anticipated long before, cf. MAMA IV, 143 (available at PHI 269574) from Apollonia in Galatia, [τοὺς κοινοὺς] καὶ ἰδίους Θεοὺς Σεβαστοὺς καὶ τοὺς παιδὰς αὐτῶν, probably of CE 14-19 since the children are Germanicus, Tiberius Caesar and probably Drusus.

Line 3: in view of the dedication, it is unlikely that he is to be identified with the Isokrates son of Klearchos, eponymous priest of Apollo in CE 3-4, see C.145, line 2, unless he held office for a second time a few years later.

Text constituted from: Transcription from the photograph (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face (Department of Antiquities, E 1764)