IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

M.23. 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: 1.00), without a frame.
Letters: L for ἔτους. Ligature of ΗΚ in line 2.

Date: CE 39-50

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.


(ἔτους) ο´ [c. 8]
[c. 8] ἥκω


L Ο[········]

English translation

Translation by: Editors

Year 70+: ... I came here.


For general introduction see M.3.

Line 1: a digit may be lost

Bibliography: Ferri, 1926, 21, with a photograph and a drawing, p.385, whence SEG 9.793.
Text constituted from: From previous publications (Reynolds).


None available (2020).