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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0043. Dedication to Severus Alexander by Aemilianus

Description: Part of a marble panel (surviving width w: 0.76 x h: 0.74 x d: 0.02).
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: Third century capitals: 0.05-0.06.

Date: CE 230-231 (titulature)

Findspot: Sabratha: Regio I, the North Forum Portico. Found re-used as a paving slab in the late fourth century paving at the west end of the portico, where traces of the impression survive. See also 23, 27, 41, 95. N
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Sabratha Museum.


⟦[Imp(eratori) Ca]e(sari) M(arco) Aurelio Se[uero]
[Alexa]ndro Pio Fel(ici) Au[g](usto) pont(ifici)⟧
[max(imo) tri]b(unicia) pot(estate) X co(n)s(uli) III p(atri) p(atriae) p[roco(n)s][(uli)]
[c. 5]tonius Aemilian[us]
5[o]b honorem augurat[us]
praeter (sestertios) X m(ilia) n(ummum) summ[ae]
honorariae et sport[ulas]
decurionibus ob dedic[atio-]
nem datas stat[uit]



1-2: Erasure with continuous horizontal strokes after his death in 235.

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

To [Emperor] Caesar Marcus Aurelius Severus Alexander, Pius, Felix, Augustus, [chief priest], holding tribunician power for the tenth time, consul for the third time, father of the country, [proconsul; . . . . -]tonius Aemilianus (scil. set this up) in response to the honour (scil. office) of the augurate, in addition to the payment of ten thousand sesterces for the office and provision of food boxes to members of the city council on the occasion of the dedication.


Line 3. trib. pot. X. 10 Dec. 230 - 9 Dec. 231.

Bibliography: Bartoccini, 1950, 53.e , whence AE 1950.154 ; IRT, 1952, 43, whence IRT, 2009, 43; from these EDH 021946; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins, 1948 (Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR 48.XI.13)

   Fig. 2. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DS 889 Leica)