IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

M.28. ?Presence or funerary inscription

Description: Natural rock floor, beside a small rectangular pit.
Text: Incised on the rock face.
Letters: First century CE; line 1, 0.07; line 2, 0.05; lunate epsilon, sigma; L for ἔτους.

Date: CE 35/6

Findspot: South of Berenike: Corniclanum/Ajdabia, approximately in the centre of a small building; excavated in 1975.
Original location: Findspot.
Last recorded location: Findspot (1975)


[(ἔτουϲ)] ακ´ Μοντανόϲ βε-
τράνοϲ ( vac. 20)



English translation

Translation by: Editors

[Year] 21, Montanos, a veteran [ . . . .


Perhaps one of the group recorded as 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. Those all appear to be presence texts; this could, however, be associated with the adjacent pit, and so a funerary text.

Year 21 of Augustus would be 10 BCE; the reign of Tiberius gives 35-6, which is slightly more in keeping with the other texts.

Montanos is the first known veteran at Ajdabiya, and shows, what might anyway have been expected, that members of the garrison might stay on in the area after discharge.

Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


None available (2020).