01-12/2012 'Pierre Coste on Agesilaus and Diana'
A Colleague of mine sent me a link to this Puzzle, because of my interest for the inscription of Sparta in the travel literature.
I didn't knew the origin of the citation by Conte, but I found it.
It comes from Ellis Veryard, An account of divers choice remarks, as well as geographical, as historical, political, mathematical, physical, and moral taken in a journey through the Low-Countries, France, Italy, and part of Spain with the isles of Sicily and Malta ... as also, a voyage to the Levant ..., London, 1701, p. 356-357.
Here it is: http://books.google.at/books?id=Y1IGAAAAQAAJ&printsec=frontcover&hl=de&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false
In the first two lines we would expect the identity of the dedicator (probably name in nominative and patronymic in genitive). I can't pretend to make much sense of it straightaway but the end of the fist line looks temptingly like ... TIANOC, which suits the Roman date for the statuette.