IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

M.196. Mile VIII: Milestone of Trajan

Description: Upper part of a limestone column, broken above, below and at the back (w: 0.49 x h: 1.01).
Text: Inscribed on the face.
Letters: Line 1, 0.065: lines 2f., ave. 0.05.

Date: 100 CE

Findspot: Gebel Akhdar: West of Cyrene: in the area of Balagrae, with M.197; found in 1964.
Original location: Cyrene-Ptolemais road: Mile VIII.
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum


Imp(erator) Caesar diụ[i]
Neruae f(ilius) Nerua Traiaṇ[us]
Aug(ustus) Germanicus p(ontifex) m(aximus) tr(ibunicia)
pot(estate) IIII co(n)s(ul) III p(ater) p(atriae) uiam fec(it)
5per tirones lectos in prọ-
uincia Cyrenensi ( vac. 3)
( vac. 3) VIII ( vac. 3)



English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

Emperor Caesar, son of deified Nerva, Nerva Trajan Augustus, victor in Germania, high priest, holding tribunician power for the fourth time, consul for the third time, father of the fatherland, made the road, by means of recruits raised in the Cyrenaean province. (scil. Mile) 8.


For texts recording Trajan's work on the roads see, for the Cyrene to Ptolemais road see M.196 and M.200; for the Cyrene to Apollonia Road, see C.609, M.222, M.224, and, a later text, M.227.

Bibliography: Goodchild, 1971 170.whence AE 1973.560, EDH HD011630.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Front from left (Department of Antiquities, F.4430)

   Fig. 2. Front from right (Department of Antiquities, F.4431)

   Fig. 3. Upper part (André Laronde: MFA)

   Fig. 4. 6 milestones: from left M.160, M.201, Unidentified, M.195, M.196, Unidentified (1966, September)

   Fig. 5. 4 milestones: from left, M.201, Unidentified, M.195, M.196 (1966, September)