IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

P.104. Fragmentary decree

Description: Lower right corner of a stele of white marble, probably Attic, moulded below (w: 0.155 x h: 0.17 x d: 0.035)
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: First century BCE - first century CE: 0.05; guidelines visible; bars above the figures in line 10.

Date: First century BCE - first century CE

Findspot: Ptolemais: Square of the Cisterns; found in 1935.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Tolmeita Museum.


[c. 24]Ι̣ ἀεὶ
[c. 22]ΟΥΣΑΝ
[c. 19]κ̣ἰου Ἀπίω-
[νος c. 13 K]άρνιος τὸν Ε ( vac. 1)
5[c. 14 δ]εδογμένοις Ε ( vac. 1)
[c. 15]ους τὸ ψήφισμα
[c. 9 ἀναγ]ράψαι δὲ καὶ τοὺς
[c. 12 ε]ἰ̣ς στήλην λίθου
[μαρμαρίνου? παρ]ὰ̣ τὴ⟦ν⟧ ⟦<ε>ἰκόνα⟧ ( vac. 1)
10[c. 8 λευκα]ὶ ( vac. 1) ρ( vac. 1)κ´ ( vac. 8)


10[········.....]Ι  Ρ  Κ                

English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

. . . ] of -kios Apion [ . . . ] of Karnis [ . . . ] having been agreed [ . . . ] the decree [ . . . ] to inscribe and [ . . . ] on a stele of [marble] stone beside the image. Votes in favour, 120.


The text of a decree, either of the city of Ptolemais or possibly of a group within it such as the Jewish politeuma. The fragmentary names in lines 3/4 are probably from the genealogy of the man honoured.

Lines. 6ff. provide for recording the text, including its inscription on a stele whose stone was prescribed, and for its erection beside a statue which, it is implied, was also voted earlied in the decree; the place in which they were both to be erected must also have been mentioned. For the formula prescribing erection of a stele beside a statue c.f. Inscr. Del. 1497 bis, 1517, 1523, available at PHI 63933, 63953, 63959.

Line 9. εἰκόνα: The selection of this word for deletion suggests a policy which might be associable with purist Jews, possibly in the Flavian period after the arrival of refugees from Palestine rather than during the violent outburst of CE 115; it would happen the more naturally if the monument did in fact record activity by the Jewish politeuma and stood in a specifically Jewish meeting place.

Line 10: For this formula see B.75 and B.76 (both decrees of Jewish groups), M.245 and IGCyr066900.

Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face (Joyce Reynolds, Tolmeita I.63)

   Fig. 2. View (1961-05-26, Joyce Reynolds III.18)

   Fig. 3. View in context (Reynolds III.46)