IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

P.87. Fragmentary official document

Description: Three fragments (a, two contiguous pieces, together w: 0.11 x h: 0.12 x d: 0.025; b, w: 0.11 x h: 0.6 x d: 0.025) of a marble panel.
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: Second-third century: rustic capitals; a. line 1, not measurable, line 2, 0.025, line 3, 0.02, traces of rubrication; b, 0.02.

Date: Second-third century CE

Findspot: Ptolemais: in the fill over the Villa of the Four Seasons; found in 1957.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Tolmeita Museum.


[---] Ḷaeti I[---]
[--- Barcae]ị Ptolemạ[enses ---]
[---] ẹx nuṃ[---]




a.1: Not reported by Kraeling.
a.2: ] . AETI[ Kraeling, 1962
a.3: ]. PTOLEMA[ Kraeling, 1962
a.4: Not reported by Kraeling
b: ]X NUM[ Kraeling, 1962

English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

(A reference to the people of Ptolemais)


a.2: perhaps from the name Laetus, but possibly from laeti[tia.

b: perhaps ex numero from numerus = a military unit, but nummus, indicating a sum of money or numerarius = an accountant, are other possibilities.

Bibliography: Kraeling, 1962, 13, and pl. LII C 3 (a only).
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Text a, main fragment (1958, Kraeling, The Oriental Institute - Chicago, 48639)

   Fig. 2. Text b (1958, Kraeling, The Oriental Institute - Chicago, 49626)