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M.27. Presence inscription

Description: Outcrop of natural rock.
Text: Apparently one of a series on an 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.
Letters: Apparently several hands; lunate sigma, epsilon, cursive omega.

Date: First century CE

Findspot: South of Berenike: ? presumably beside the ancient road from Corniclanum/Ajdabia, leading south to the oasis of Gialo; recorded in 1825.
Original location: Findspot.
Last recorded location: Not seen in 1924.


[...]ινιοϲ ἥκω
[...]Ω Πειθαγόραϲ ΕΙ
[...]AI[...]ΝΟΡΓΡΥΨΗ [.]




1: CIG omits Pacho's line; ϹΗΕιΗ . . . . οΥ- Jomard
2: ΝΙ . . . ϹΗΚ, Jomard
3: ἥκ]ω Πειθαγόρας . . . CIG, Vol.III ω ΓΕΙΣΑΓΟΡΑϹΕΓ, Jomard
4: Ἀ[μει]νό[φ]ρων? CIG, Vol.III ΑΙ ΝΟΓΡΨΗ, Pacho; ϹΡΚΙ, Jomard

English translation

Translation by: Editors

. . . -]inios, I came here [. . . .] Peithagoras . . .


Apparently from the series recorded by Ferri; see commentary on M.3.

The two texts presented in CIG are clearly identical and E.Jomard's association with Ajdabiya should be accepted against Pacho's with Tocra, since it fits in the Ajdabiya group easily. Pacho must be assumed to have made a mistake in making up his plates.

In lines 1-2 there seems to be a name, patronymic, possibly an ethnic and ἥκω. In line 3 the name Πειθαγόραϲ is the only clear element. There are probably several texts recorded as one.

Bibliography: Pacho, 1827 LXXXVI, as from Tocra, whence CIG, Vol.III, 5243; also copied by Jomard, as from Agedebia, whence CIG, Vol.III, 5364, with no clear reading.
Text constituted from: From previous publications (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Transcription (1827, Pacho, plate LXXXVI)