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P.284. Funerary inscription

Description: Rock-cut tomb.
Text: Inscribed on the façade above the door within a prepared area (w: 2.21 x h: 0.14). The cutter has had to leave spaces to avoid holes in the stone.
Letters: Second century: 0.06; lunate epsilon and lunate sigma only in the final word, which is in a different hand.

Date: Second century CE

Findspot: Ptolemais: Quarry III, south wall; first recorded in 1825.
Original location: Findspot.
Last recorded location: Findspot.


(ἔτους) θ̣´ [.] Σήσ( vac. 1)τιος Κά( vac. 1)ρπος καὶ Σηστία Λυχνίς ἐποίησαν
( vac. 3) ἑατο( vac. 1)ῖς καὶ τοῖς ἰδί( vac. 1)οις τέκνοιϲ




1: θ Not reported by other editors. ; Σηστία Λυχνίς : ΣΤΙΑΛΥΥΝΙΣ Pacho, 1827

Italian translation

Translation source: Oliverio, DAI, 1933-1936

Sestio Carpo e Sestia Lichnìs fecero per sè e per i propri figli

English translation

Translation by: Editors

Year 9, Sestios Karpos and Sestia Lychnis made this for themselves and their own children.


Line 1: There is room for a praenomen and damage to the stone here which may have destroyed it.

Line 2: The original text ended with 'for their own'; 'children' was then added in a later hand.

Bibliography: Pacho, 1827pl. LXXVIII (printed as LXXIX) and Letronne p. 402 whence CIG, Vol.III, 5208; Masson-Reynolds, 1978, 19 copy by M.Guirand (1895) mentioned; Oliverio, DAI, 1933-1936, 483 (7), pl. XCII, fig. 71 (only partially legible), whence SEG 9.370, PHI 324219; see also Laronde, 2004
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


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

   Fig. 2. Face (Joyce Reynolds, Tolmeita I. 35)