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P.52. Fragmentary ?decree

Description: Two fragments of marble panel (a: w: 0.13 x h: 0.14 x d: 0.04; b: w: 0.24 x h: 0.27 x d: 0.04).
Text: Inscribed on one face, from the right side either of the same marble panel or of a pair of panels (The connection is shown by the distinctive moulding and the letter forms).
Letters: Probably second century, circa 0.02; there are traces of guidelines; an elaborate stop ( stylised leaf?) concludes the last surviving line on each fragment.

Date: Second century

Findspot: Ptolemais: West Church; found in 1935.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Tolmeita Museum


[---]τ̣ου ( vac. 1)
[---]ς̣ ((stop)) ( vac. 3)
[---]ε̣ς ( vac. 4)
[--- στ]ήλην
[---]( vac. 6)
[---]ς καὶ ( vac. 1)
5[---]ξίας ((stop))



English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

(Not usefully translatable)


a.2: Perhaps from e.g. [Και]κιλία , or [Και]κιλιανός

b.6: Perhaps from a formula on the lines of ἀρετῆς καὶ εὐεργεσίας ἕνεκα καὶ φιλοδοξίας; it seems probable that b. contains the end of an honorary decree including the instruction to inscribe the text on a marble stele (line 2).

Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. View of both parts (Joyce Reynolds, Tolmeita I (NB V).54)

   Fig. 2. Fragment a, face.

   Fig. 3. Fragment b, face (Joyce Reynolds, III.4)