IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

M.5. Military presence inscription of a Syrian

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 surface (w: 7.00).
Letters: 0.30-0.34, cursive epsilon, sigma, omega, L for ἔτους, bars above figures, dot for stop.

Date: CE 52, February 2

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: Last reported in 1923, and again in 2011.


(ἔτους) ((stop)) πβ´ ((stop)) Μεχεὶρ ((stop)) ζ´ ((stop)) ἥκω
Μαγίων Ἀρτεμ[ι]δώρου κεντυρίων
Ἀπαμεὺϲ τῶν ἀπὸ Ϲυρίαϲ



English translation

Translation by: Editors

Year 82, Mecheir 7, I came here, Magion (scil. son) of Artemidoros, centurion, an Apamean with the men from Syria


For general introduction see on M.3.

Bibliography: Ferri, 1926, 3, with drawing and three photographs, 372-373, whence SEG 9.775; , AE 1927.157.
Text constituted from: From previous publications (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Text left part (Department of Antiquities, F 1337)

   Fig. 2. Text left part (Department of Antiquities, F 1337)

   Fig. 3. Text right part (Department of Antiquities, F 1336)

   Fig. 4. Text right part (Department of Antiquities, F 1336)