IRCyr   Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

T.25. Dedication to Demeter

Description: Sandstone altar, originally moulded above, and with a square depression on top, damaged at the left side (w: 0.48 x h: 0.675 x d: 0.33).
Text: Inscribed on one face; there are traces of an incised vertical line to the left of the text.
Letters: 0.04.

Date: Probably first century CE

Findspot: Taucheira: Archaic votive deposit, washed into the trench by winter rains; found in 1967/8.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Unknown


[--- Δή]μ̣η̣τρι
[c. 4] ( vac. 3) Ἑρμᾶ ( vac. 3)


[····]      ΕΡΜΑ      

English translation

Translation by: Editors

For Demeter, [ . ] (scil. daughter) of Hermas, acting as advocate


The archaic finds indicated a sanctuary of Demeter and Kore here.

The dedication was clearly made by a woman whose personal name stood at the beginning of line 2 and who apparently described herself as 'acting as advocate for' the goddess - see on C.450.

The combination of koine with local forms is not unparalleled.

Bibliography: Reynolds, 1973, with photograph at pl. 54.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Inscription in findspot (Department of Antiquities, F 4631)