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M.263. Funerary inscription

Description: Round-headed stele of brown limestone, slightly damaged on top (w: 0.34 x h: 0.495) in the central part of which a deeply incised line outlines three sides of an approximately rectangular area, above which the stone is cut back around the crude relief of a head and neck (w: 0.14 x h: 0.36).
Text: Inscribed on one face within the rectangle (w: 0.145 x h: 0.185) whose surface is in poor condition.
Letters: Freehand letters: ave. 0.02; lunate epsilon, lunate sigma, cursive omega. Lightly cut and irregularly aligned.

Date: First - third century CE

Findspot: Gebel Akhdar: East of Cyrene: Zawiya Morazigh near Limnias; found in 1958.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum; no inventory number.


ἐτῶν πη´



1: Πίϲτιϲ Reynolds-Bacchielli, 1987; Ἄριϲτιϲ sugested by Reynolds, confirmed by Dobias-Lalou

English translation

Translation by: Editors

Aristis, old man, aged 88


Line 2: Perhaps an Elder of the local Synagogue - though there is no clear evidence for the presence of Jews at Limnias.

Bibliography: Reynolds-Bacchielli, 1987 468, note 14, whence Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique, 1989.839, SEG 37.1700.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Monument (Reynolds IX.4)

   Fig. 2. Monument (1961, Joyce Reynolds III.55)