IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

T.13. Anonymous dedication

Description: Two rectangular sandstone blocks, forming a composite stele, a, to the left, damaged at the upper right corner, b, to the right, damaged along all edges (together: w: 0.72 x h: 1.17 x d: 0.40).
Text: Inscribed on one face, which was already pitted when inscribed.
Letters: Line 1, 0.06; lines 2-5, 0.05-0.06; lunate epsilon, cursive omega; ligatures (Υ inside Ο) in lines 3, 4. The cutter has had to avoid holes in the stone.

Date: Second to third centuries CE

Findspot: Taucheira: East Church, lying loose to the south; found in 1959.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Both now standing on the south wall of the East Church


κατὰ ἐπιφα̣νεί( vac. 1)αν
θε( vac. 1)ο[ῦ]
ἐπὶ ἱερέ[ως] ἐπωνύμου ( vac. 7)
Ἀντωνί̣ου Ἅγνου
5 ( vac. 7) νέου


ΘΕ  Ο[.]
5              ΝΕΟΥ


Oliverio recorded only the right block (cf. also SEG).; Νεικίαν (?) Oliverio, DAI, 1933-1936

Italian translation

Translation source: Oliverio, DAI, 1933-1936

Nicia di Eponimo Casto minore (iunior)

English translation

Translation source: Reynolds, 1974-1975a

According to the appearance of (scil. the) God, in the time of the eponymous priest Antonius Hagnos the young(er)


There may once have been a crowning feature above the plain blocks inscribed with the names of the deity and the donor. Robert pointed out that appearances are frequently by the civic divinity (Études Anatoliennes) 460-1, so this is might very probably be Apollo.

Line 2: For this formula accompanying a dedication cf. SEG 41.1245, from Baghlu in Pisidia, available at PHI 282557 f; the deity had presumably appeared to the donor in a dream.

Line 3: The eponymous was priest of Apollo as in all the Cyrenaican cities.

Lines 3/4: The ligatured ΟΥ form which appears twice here is paralleled at Tolmeita, in P.72, P.74 of Severan date

Bibliography: b only: Oliverio, DAI, 1933-1936, 288, p. 197, pl. LXXII, fig.29 (b only), whence SEG 9.544. a and b reviewed and republished by Reynolds, 1974-1975a, 1, whence Robert, Bulletin Épigraphique, 1976.791.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. a and b (Reynolds XII.5)

   Fig. 2. b only (Department of Antiquities, F 1078)