IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

T.249. i. Fragmentary ?building inscription; ii, Fragmentary ?imperial titulature

Description: Sandstone block (w: 1.10 x h: 0.40 x d: 0.54) with text on two faces: i. Surface damaged above and at right side. ii. Surface damaged all over.
Text: Inscribed on two faces.
Letters: i. Letters: perhaps second century; c. 0.19; lunate epsilon; ii. Letters: fourth-fifth century; 0.24; cursive omega.

Date: i: Perhaps second century CEii: 364-375 CE

Findspot: Taucheira: Turkish castle, tower of the wall south of the guardhouse; recorded in 1910. Subsequently found lying loose near sea-shore.
Original location: Findspot.
Last recorded location: Tocra Museum.


[--- μ]α̣κελλο[---]
[---]κων̣ [---]



English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

(i): . . . ] market-building [ . . . (ii: Not usefully translatable)


i: A reference to construction of a market (macellum) or some feature in a market.

ii: The imposing script is formal, and suggests a fragment of an imperial title. For further fragments of blocks from probably a similar period, but with slightly different scripts, see T.249 and T.17.

Bibliography: i: Robinson, 1913, from De Cou, 106, with a drawing; copied by Halbherr, whence Oliverio, DAI, 1933-1936, 465 (335), pl. LXXXIV, Fig.51a (drawing only), whence SEG 9.550
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Text i (Joyce Reynolds, NS.IV.34)