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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0054. Dedication to Constantine I or II

Description: Fragment from the upper part of a marble panel (w: 0.50 x h: 0.21).
Text: Inscribed on the panel face.
Letters: Fourth century lettering: 0.045-0.03.

Date: CE 306-337 or CE 337-340 (reign)

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


[Restitu]tori oru[c. 4 - 5]IEỊ p̣[ub]licae [c. 6]
[prouid]entissimo et glorios[issimo]
[Imp(eratori) Ca]es(ari) Fl(auio) Constantino [c. 6]
[Aug(usto) pontif]ici max(imo) [trib](unicia) pot(estate) [---]


[.......]TORIORU[c. 4 - 5]IE..[..]LICAE[······]

1: [Restitu]tori oru[is requie]i et p[ub]licae [salutis] Degrassi A., 1954; There is insufficient room for oru[is requie]i - 5 letters at the maximum can be restored here. Perhaps orb[is et ]reipublicae, mis-spelt by an illiterate craftsman. Reynolds, 1955

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

To [the restorer] of the world [---and of the public affairs], most provident and most glorious [Emperor] Caesar Flavius Constantine [--- Augustus], chief [priest], holding tribunician [power for the ? time ---]


Constantine the Great, Augustus 306-337, or Constantine II, Caesar 317-337, Augustus 337-340.

Bibliography: IRT, 1952, 54, on which Degrassi A., 1954 115, whence Reynolds, 1955 142, whence IRT, 2009, 54, whence EDH 059047; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. From left: 75 (part), 54: Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DS 799 Leica)

   Fig. 2. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. CS 217)