IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

M.15. 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: 0.75), without a frame.
Letters: Lunate sigma, L for ἔτουϲ.

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.


[.]ΙΛ[c. 4]
[ - - - - - - - - - - ]
(ἔτουϲ) κ̣η̣´


[ - - - - - - - - - - ]
L ..


2: [φ]ιλ . . . . Ferri, 1926
4: πολι . ? Ferri, 1926

English translation

Translation by: Editors

... ?(scil. son)] of Iason, [ . . . ] Pol[- . . . Year ?28.


For general introduction see M.3.

Line 1 Clearly Ἰάϲονοϲ, a locally favoured name; the case suggests that it is a patronymic, but Ferri shows nothing missing before it.

Lines 4-6. There appears to be a name (or the end of a name) followed by a date.

Line 6: It is not clear whether or not a part of the figure is written with the sign for ἔτουϲ; it is too uncertain for interpretation.

Bibliography: Ferri, 1926, 13, with a drawing, p.380, whence SEG 9.785.
Text constituted from: From previous publications (Reynolds).


None available (2020).