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P.246. Funerary inscription

Description: Rock-cut tomb.
Text: Inscribed on the façade above the door within a rock-cut lintel (w: 1.36 x h: 0.26) which is damaged at the lower edge; the space available was insufficient for the text and the smoothed area has been extended at the right end. There is a marked contrast between the competence of the mason who carved the lintel and that of the man who adapted it for the text and cut the inelegant letters
Letters: l. 1, 0.07; lines 2, 4, 0.06; line 3, 0.04; lunate epsilon, lunate sigma, cursive omega; L for ἔτους; square sigma for digamma; superscript bar above the first of each pair of figures in line 1. In line 3 there may have been a bar above κ but the surface is lost here.

Date: First century A.D

Findspot: Ptolemais: Quarry I.b.i, north wall; first recorded in 1825.
Original location: Findspot.
Last recorded location: Findspot.


(ἔτους) ιϛ´ Χοιάχι κβ´ Π̣όπλ̣ι̣οϲ Ϲαβεί-
( vac. 22)νω
( vac. 1) κβ´




1: LΙϹΧΟΙΑΥιΚΙ.ΟΠΑΙΟϹϹΑΒΕ Pacho, 1827; L ι[ε΄] Χοιὰ[κ] κ΄ [Πο]παῖος Σαβει- CIG, Vol.III
3: ε : .ΤΩΝ Pacho, 1827

English translation

Translation by: Editors

Year 16, Choiak 22 , Poplios (i.e. Publius) (scil. son) of Sabeinos (i.e. Sabinus), aged 22.


No comment (2020).

Bibliography: Pacho, 1827 LXXVIII (printed as LXXIX) with Letronne p. 403, whence CIG, Vol.III, 5225; Masson-Reynolds, 1978, 19 copy by M.Guirand (1895) mentioned; corrected, Robinson, 1913, ?from Norton, 198.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Transcription (1827, Pacho, plate LXXVIII, numbered LXXIX)

   Fig. 2. Face (Joyce Reynolds, Tolmeita I.86)