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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0101. Honours for Laenatius Romulus

Description: Two joining fragments of a moulded marble base, the mouldings of which have been trimmed flush; a: Left hand side, w: 0.21 x h: 1.05 x d: 0.53; b: Lower right corner, w: 0.30 x h: 0.53 x d: 0.60.
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: Fourth century CE. capitals: 0.04-0.05.

Date: 323-326 CE (lprosopography)

Findspot: Sabratha: a: found re-used as an architrave in the Mosque of Sidi Iàhia ben Dbàbesc; b: found in the Forum, in the North Portico.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: a: Sabratha Museum; b: Findspot.


Militi[ae c. 9]-
-tiae o[c. 9]-
-nto e[t a primis?]
annis [mirae? ius-]
5titiae a[c totius?]
integr[itatis uiro]
Laenat[io Romulo]
u(iro) p(erfectissimo) praesidi
ordo et plebs
10 Sabrath(ensium) pat(rono)
dignissimo statuam
curante Pompeio
Leontio u(iro) p(erfectissimo) cu[r(atore) rei ]
( vac. 5) publ(icae)



3-6: The supplements are all from Tantillo-Bigi.
8: 101: u(iro) p(erfectissimo) pra[es(idi) prou(inciae) Trip(olitanae)]; 102: [--- pr]aesidi IRT, 1952
9: 101: ordo [populusque]; 102: [prou(inciae) Trip(olitanae) ordo] et plebs IRT, 1952
11: 101: dignis[simo ---]; 102: [praestantis]simo staṭụ[am] IRT, 1952
12: 101: curan[te ---]; 102: [c. 5 - 6 cura]ṇte Pompe[io] IRT, 1952
14: 102: [rei] publ(icae) IRT, 1952

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

[In honour of a man?] of ?military service [---] in the years [---], of justice [---], integrity [---], Laenatius [Romulus], excellent man (i.e. of equestrian status), governor [of the province of Tripolitania;] the city council [and the people] of the Sabrathans [to a patron](scil. who is) most worthy. Leontius [---] took charge [of its erection]

Italian translation

Translation source: Tantillo-Bigi, 2010

. . . milizia . . . fin dai primi anni (?), uomo di ammirevole (?) giustizia e completa (?) integrità, a Laenatius Romulus, uomo perfettissimo, governatore, l'ordine e plebs di Sabratha al patrono degnissimo posero (?), a cura di Pompeius Leontius, uomo perfettissimo, curatore della repubblica.

English translation

Translation source: LSA, 2012

To...of military...from his earliest (?) years...man of wonderful (?) justice and total (?) honesty, Laenatius Romulus, of perfectissimus rank, governor (praeses); the council (ordo) and people (plebs) of Sabratha [set up] this statue to their most worthy patron, with Pompeius Leontius, of perfectissimus rank, curator rei publicae, overseeing the work.


Laenatius Romulus: PLRE I, Romulus 4.

Pompeius Leontius: PLRE I, p.999, Pompeius . . . ius.

Bibliography: a: Aurigemma, 1939, 115 ff., fig. 3 , whence AE 1948.39; IRT, 1952, 101 (a), 102 (b), whence Chastagnol, 1966 , IRT, 2009, 101, 102; Tantillo-Bigi, 2010, 95, whence LSA, 2012, 2226 (Tantillo and Bigi), EDH (Bigi, 2014) 021546; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. a: Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DS 862 Leica)

   Fig. 2. b: Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DS 905 Leica)