IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

P.344. Name of Eleutheropolis (?Ptolemais)

Description: Limestone base cut down and reused as an octagonal column base for the drum cut in one piece above (maxima, w: 1.95 x h: 1.95 x d: 0.40)
Text: Inscribed on one surviving face (w: 0.37 x h: 0.20)
Letters: Line 1, 0.06; 1ine 2, 0.07; small scroll as abbreviation mark

Date: Third century CE or later

Findspot: Ptolemais: original findspot unrecorded.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Tolmeita Museum


[---]Ἐ̣λευθερόπολ[ιϲ ---]




1: - - ο - - Oliverio, DAI, 1933-1936
2: ἐ]λευθέρω πολ- Oliverio, DAI, 1933-1936

English translation

Translation by: Editors

. . . ] Eleutheropol[is) . . .


The only obvious explanation is that Ptolemais was refounded with the new name Eleutheropolis which has left no trace in the literary record; cf. the refoundation of Cyrenae as Claudiopolis by Claudius Gothicus C.86.

Bibliography: Oliverio, DAI, 1933-1936, 533 (57), p.257, whence SEG 9.407, PHI 324256.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. View (Joyce Reynolds, Tolmeita IV.15, NS.XVII.15)

   Fig. 2. Close-up

   Fig. 3. Close-up

   Fig. 4. P.361 in the foreground, P.344 behind (Joyce Reynolds, Tolmeita IV.32, NS.XVII.32)

   Fig. 5. P.371 in the foreground, P.344 behind (Joyce Reynolds, Tolmeita IV.31, NS.XVII.31)