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C.87. Dedication for an emperor

Description: Block of limestone (w: 0.86 x h: 0.51; depth not measurable).
Text: Inscribed on the exposed face; the end of line 1 was erased.
Letters: Capitals, first-second century CE; 0.05.

Date: First - second century CE

Findspot: Cyrene: Street of Battos, built into a wall near the Ridotta Spoleto, between the Agora and the House of Jason Magnus: photographed in 1925.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Findspot.


[ὑπὲρ σωτηρίας (κτλ.) Αὐτοκράτορος? Καίσ?]αρος ⟦[c. 8]
[Σεβαστῶ καὶ τῶ σύνπαντος αὐ]τῶ οἴκω [..] Φαωνι--
[c. 20 σὺν π]αντὶ το͂ι κόσμοι



English translation

Translation by: Editors

[For the safety (etc.) of the Emperor Caes]ar [[ . . . ]] [Augustus and his whole] household ?Phaoni-[ constructed/dedicated something with] all its adornment.


Line 1: The emperor's name has been erased; the letter-forms suggest that he was Nero or Domitian, but Commodus is also possible.

Line 2: The reading is clear and the letters must be part of the name of the donor or dedicator - possibly from a nomen Φαώνιος (Favonius), or a cognomen. A praenomen or an abbreviated nomen, e.g. Κλ(αύδιος), must have stood in the gap before it.

Line 3: The reading suggested by Robert, loc. cit.

Bibliography: SECir, 1961-1962, 76, (from T.XIII 9v), whence Robert, Bulletin Épigraphique, 1964.562.
Text constituted from: Transcription from the photograph (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face (Department of Antiquities, H.28)