IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

M.14. Military 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 on the surface (w: 3.50 x h: 1.50), without a frame. Line 4 is below and at an acute angle to the text above.
Letters: Lunate sigma, cursive omega, ligature of ΗΚ in line 2.

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. w
Original location: Findspot.
Last recorded location: Now covered by modern houses.


[c. 10]ωλύκ̣ω
[.]Ν ϲτρατιώτηϲ ἥκ[ω]
[.]ΟΥΛ[..]Τ[c. 5]ΑΞΛ̣Μ̣ΗΙ̣
[.]ΛΗϹ [.]



English translation

Translation by: Editors

. . . (scil. son) of ...olukos, a soldier : I came here. [ . . .


For general introduction see M.3.

In line 1 a name, patronymic or perhaps ethnic, is too damaged for interpretation.

Line 3: presumably another name or patronymic, with perhaps ἥκ̣[ω at the end.

Bibliography: Ferri, 1926, 12, with drawing, p.379, whence SEG 9.784.
Text constituted from: From previous publications (Reynolds).


None available (2020).