IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

M.155. Funerary inscription

Description: Two adjoining pieces from the upper part of a rectangular stele of local limestone: w: 0.29 x h: 0.23 x d: 0.11; there is a triangular projection in the centre back at the top.
Text: Inscribed on one face within a sunken panel (width of flat border 0.03).
Letters: Perhaps second century CE line 1, 0.025; line 2, 0.021; line 3, 0.03; line 4, 0.015; alpha with upward slanting bar; lunate sigma and omega; L for ἐτῶν. with superscript bar; superscript bars also above both figures; there may be two hands.

Date: Probably second century CE

Findspot: Gebel Akhdar: West of Cyrene: Messa, on the east side of the Messa/Haniya road, some 12 kms. to the north, in a rock-cut tomb, with M.154, M.156, probably with M.157.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum.


Ϲῶσιϲ Αἰ-
( vac. 2) (ἐτῶν) κβ´


     L ΚΒ

English translation

Translation by: Editors

Sosis (scil. son) of Aialan, aged 22. So[ . . .


For the Greek name Σῶσις, in line 1 and probably in line 3, see LGPN

For the Libyan name Αἰάλαν see Masson, 1976, 36.

Bibliography: Mohamed-Reynolds, 1992, 3 and plate III, whence SEG 42.1670
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face (Reynolds, SB.III.184)

   Fig. 2. Face (Reynolds, SB.III.183)