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M.132. Funerary inscription

Description: Sandstone funerary stele, cut down at either side and damaged above (w: 0.23 x h: 0.34 x d: 0.13). There may originally have been acroteria above with rosettes in relief in each and a central projection possibly representing a rudimentary head, but the projection has been worn away.
Text: Inscribed on one face within a rectangular area at the base.
Letters: 0.025; very rough; lunate epsilon, lunate sigma.

Date: First - third century CE

Findspot: Gebel Akhdar: West of Cyrene: Batta (formerly Oberdan), about 300m. from the village square with M.128, M.129, M.130 and M.131; found in 1938. The Relazioni Scavi are explicit that only four of the group of stelae were inscribed, but the departmental archives also contain a packet of squeezes of inscriptions which may be associated, M.133.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Tolmeita Museum


[μν]ημεῖο<ν> [c. 9]
[Νι]καϲία ἐτελ[εύτηϲεν (ἐτῶν)]



English translation

Translation by: Editors

Tomb [of . ? . . (scil. child) of ] Nikasias, who died [aged ?]


The central projection possibly represents a rudimentary head, cf. the series from Lamluda .

Line 1: the gap probably contained the name of the deceased, with Nikasia the genitive of a patronymic, Nikasias, (as suggested by Dobias-Lalou). Alternatively the gap might have contained the nomen of a woman, Nikasia.

Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


None available (2020).