IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

M.24. Fragmentary ?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, without a frame. No measurements.
Letters: Lunate sigma, cursive omega, L for ἔτους, bar above the figure.

Date: CE 39-40

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.


[c. 10] Λ̣Ω
[Ϲ]ύροϲ̣ κυί̣γκτηϲ (ἔτουϲ) ο´




2: . σύρος ? κυ[ . . ]κτης Ferri, 1926

English translation

Translation by: Editors

[ . . .] a Syrian of the Fifth, Year 70


For general introduction see M.3.

Line 2: Fifth: apparently a reference to a military formation: Tod (in SEG) suggested εἴλης but either ϲπείραϲ or χώρτηϲ is perhaps more likely in view of the names of the units known to have been recruited in Apamea.

Bibliography: Ferri, 1926, 22, with a drawing, p.385, whence SEG 9.794.
Text constituted from: From previous publications (Reynolds).


None available (2020).