IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

M.13. Presence inscription

Description: Outcrop of natural rock, on which texts are cut more or less roughly, in a series of different hands, with dates ranging from 15/16 to 52 CE: M.3, M.4, M.5, M.6, M.7, M.8, M.9, M.10, M.11, M.12, M.13, M.14, M.15, M.16, M.17, M.18, M.19, M.20, M.21, M.22, M.23, M.24, M.25, M.26, and perhaps M.27. They may be described as graffiti although the surviving example and the photographs show that their production often involved much more effort than the normal graffito.
Text: Incised within a rectangular frame (w: 1.50) Ferri assumed loss to the left, but the text is complete.
Letters: Lunate epsilon, lunate sigma, cursive omega.

Date: First century CE

Findspot: South of Berenike: Beside the ancient road from Corniclanum/Ajdabia, leading south to the oasis of Gialo; recorded in 1923.
Original location: Findspot.
Last recorded location: Now covered by modern houses.


[.. ? ..] Ὁ̣ράτ[ι]οϲ Αἰ-
[.. ? ..] Νομερίω


[.. ? ..].ΡΑΤ[.]ΟϹΑΙ
[.. ? ..]ΝΟΜΕΡΙΩ


1: . . . ? ρατος αὶ Ferri, 1926; Ὁράτ[ι]ος (Φ)αι/ SEG
2: . . . άλαντος Ferri, 1926
3: . . . . ? νομερίω Ferri, 1926

English translation

Translation by: Editors

(H)oratios (scil. son) of Aialan, Nomerios.


For general introduction see M.3.

Line 1: Since two names are in the genitive case it is possible that the first is also and that the first line should be interpreted as . . . Π]ρ̣άτ[ι]οϲ, from the local name, Πρᾶτις.

Line 3: This could be a name (so LGPN), but the syntax remains unclear. But it could also be a miltary term (member of a numerus) as in later Greek (see the lexica of Lampe, Trapp, online at TLG)

Bibliography: Ferri, 1926, 11, with drawing, p.379, whence SEG 9.783.
Text constituted from: From previous publications (Reynolds).


None available (2020).