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P.261. Funerary inscription

Description: Rock-cut tomb.
Text: Inscribed on the façade within a tabella ansata in relief (w: 0.42 x h: 0.18) the surface badly worn and in part lost. The last line was read only by Pacho.
Letters: 0.015 - 0.03; cursive epsilon, lunate sigma, cursive omega.

Date: Probably first century BCE to mid first century CE

Findspot: Ptolemais: Quarry I.c, on a pillar of rock left standing in the central area; first recorded in 1825.
Original location: Findspot.
Last recorded location: Findspot.


Μᾶ̣ρκοϲ Ϲοέλ̣λιοϲ ἐπ-
ο̣ύ̣ησεν ἡα̣τ̣ῶ̣ κὲ τ-
ῦ̣ϲ̣ τ̣έ̣κ̣νυϲ α̣ὑτ[ῶ]




1: ΜΥΡΚΟϹ Pacho, 1827 ; Λ : ϹΟΕΑΛΙΟϹ Pacho, 1827; Σ[ωρ]α[ν]ός? CIG, Vol.III
2: LΥΗϹΕΝ Pacho, 1827
3: ΥΕΓιιΟΝΥϹΔΥΤ Pacho, 1827; [τ]έ[κν[οι]ς [α]ὐ[τοῦ] CIG, Vol.III

English translation

Translation by: Editors

Markos Soellios (i.e. Marcus Soellius) set this up for himself and his children.


The absence of a cognomen suggests a date not much later than the middle first century CE

Bibliography: Pacho, 1827, LXXVIII (printed as LXXIX), whence CIG, Vol.III, 5219.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


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

   Fig. 2. Text (Joyce Reynolds, Tolmeita I. 24)