WP 0005

Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0041. Dedication to the Indulgentia of Severus Alexander

Description: The upper part of a panel of white marble (w: 1.20 x h: 0.55 x d: 0.02).
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: Lapidary capitals: 0.09. Traces of red paint in the letters.

Date: CE 226-227 (titulature)

Findspot: Sabratha: Regio I, The North Forum Portico. Re-used, when already broken, as a paving slab in the late fourth century paving at the west end of the portico, where the impression still survives. See also 23, 27, 43, 95.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Sabratha Museum.


⟦Imp(eratoris) [Ca]es(aris) M(arci) Aureli Seueri⟧
⟦Alexandri Pii Felicis
A[ugust]i⟧ pontif(icis) max(imi)
5[tribun(icia) pot]est(ate) ṾI co(n)s(ulis) II p(atris) p(atriae)



1: INDV These four letters are now lost, but the impression survives.
2-3: Erased with continuous horizontal strokes after his death in 235.

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

To the indulgent behaviour of the Emperor Caesar Marcus Aurelius Severus Alexander, Pius, Felix, Augustus, chief priest, holding tribunician power for the sixth time, consul twice, father of the country[---]


Line 5. trib. pot. VI. 10 Dec. 226-9 Dec 227.

Bibliography: Bartoccini, 1950, 54.f, whence AE 1950.0153f; IRT, 1952, 41, whence IRT, 2009, 41; from these EDH 021940; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins, 1948 (Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR 48.XI.12)

   Fig. 2. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DS 831 Leica)