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M.298. Funerary inscription

Description: Badly damaged limestone cornice block (w: 1.17 x h: 0.40 x d: 0.29). There is a cut edge at the left side; broken away at the right.
Text: Inscribed on the face, where part of the moulding has been cut back to accommodate it. Extremely difficult to read.
Letters: Line 1, 0.05; line 2, 0.035; square and lunate omega; late antique.

Date: Late Roman

Findspot: Gebel Akhdar: East of Cyrene: Martuba, ca. 20 km. east of Darnah, re-used in a dam.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Findspot.


[c. 4]Λ̣Η̣ τόπῳ κά̣λ̣ῳ̣ [...]
[..]α̣ν̣γελου [.]ΕΧΩΝΙ̣[..]
[..]Κ̣Α[..]ΜΙ̣Ι̣[...]ΝΑ κῖνται ΟΠΟ̣[..]




1: τοπωκαλο

English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

(Not usefully translatable)


Line 1· Perhaps the words τόπῳ καλῷ, 'in a fair place'.

Line 2: a name, Εὐ]α̣ν̣γέλου, or a reference to messengers or angels?

Given the uncertainties of interpretation, the main value of this text is to show that at Martuba there were people who continued to inscribe in Greek much later than the community at Kharsa is known to have done.

Bibliography: Mohamed-Reynolds, 1996, 2.b whence SEG 46.2213; mentioned Mohamed-Reynolds, 2000, 138
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Left end (C. Dobias-Lalou, 1983: MFA 83/IV/13)

   Fig. 2. Centre (C. Dobias-Lalou, 1983: MFA 83/IV/14)

   Fig. 3. Right end (C. Dobias-Lalou, 1983: MFA 83/IV/15)