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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0042. Dedication to Severus Alexander

Description: Top right-hand corner of a marble panel (w: 0.55 x h: 0.62).
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: Lapidary capitals: 0.08-0.07.

Date: CE 230 or CE 235 (titulature)

Findspot: Sabratha: Regio I, Capitolium, found in the vaults; see note on 1.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot


[Imp(eratori) Caes(ari)] M(arco) Aurel[io]
[Seuero Ale]xandro
[Pio Felici A]ugusto
[domino n]ostro
5[pont]ifici maximo
[trib(uniciae) p]otestatis ṾIIII



English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

[To Emperor Caesar] Marcus Aurelius [Severus] Alexander [Pius Felix] Augustus, our [lord], chief priest, holding [tribunician] power for the ninth time [---]


Line 6. trib. pot. VIIII: 10 Dec. 229-9 Dec. 230, but XIIII is a possible reading, between 10 Dec. 234 and Alexander's death in March 235.

Bibliography: IRT, 1952, 42, whence IRT, 2009, 42, whence EDH 059036; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DS 761 Leica)

   Fig. 2. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DS 761 Leica)