IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

M.25. 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 rock face, with no frame.
Letters: Lunate sigma; L for ἔτουϲ.

Date: CE 46-47

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.


( vac. 3) (ἔτουϲ) οζ´ ( vac. 3)
[..] Ἀριϲτα̣[ρχο]ϲ


       L ΟΖ      


2: . . ? ἀριστ . . . ς Ferri, 1926; Ἀριστα[ῖο]ς SEG

English translation

Translation by: Editors

Year 77, Aristarchos (scil. son) of Timomachos (wrote this ?).


For general introduction see M.3.

Line 4: possibly from ἔ]γρα[ψα.

Bibliography: Ferri, 1926, 23, with a drawing, p.386, whence SEG 9.795.
Text constituted from: From previous publications (Reynolds).


None available (2020).