IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

M.219. Funerary inscription

Description: Limestone stele (w: 0.215 x h: 0.36 x d: 0.13) with triangular gable above, two incised branches creating a raised border at the sides, surrounding a round=headed panel in the centre.
Text: inscribed on one face within the round headed panel (w: 0.145 x h: 0.19).
Letters: Probably first century CE: 0.025 - 0.03; lunate sigma; cut between strongly marked guidelines.

Date: Probably first century CE

Findspot: Gebel Akhdar: West of Cyrene: Gsar Shoumia, c. 13 km West of Cyrene, on hospital plateau, west of the hospital; found in 1960.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum.


[c. 8] Ε
[c. 5]ϲ Πτο-
λ[ε]μαίου Με-
χίρ κδ´ καὶ Γ̣έλλι-
5οϲ Ἄκαϲ̣τ̣οϲ
( vac. 1?) (ἐτῶν) ξϛ´


   L ΞϚ


4: Perhaps Ϲελλιος? The initial letter is very ambiguous.; Perhaps ἄκαιροϲ? But a death at 66 is not 'untimely'

English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

. . . ] son of Ptolemaios; [Year ?] Mecheir 24: Gellios Akastos, aged 66


Line 5: The nominative, Akastos, appears clear, where we would expect a patronymic in the genitive.

Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face (Reynolds III.56)

   Fig. 2. Face (Reynolds IX.5)