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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0174. Invocation

Description: Mosaic floor.
Text: Mosaic emblema, comprising an inscribed tabella ansata (die, w: 0.54 x h: 0.45) within a wreath.
Letters: 0.05.

Date: Late fourth century (lettering)

Findspot: Sabratha: Regio II, late Fourth century floor of a house behind the Antonine Temple (insula 10, house G).
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Sabratha Museum.


Concesit fort[unam]
michi tam gra[to]
gratia inprobi qu-
id prodes quod
5mea fata [c. 4 - 5s?]ua-
deo(?) bos(?) [c. 4 - 5]atis
parcị[c. 7 - 8]aceatis


5MEAFATA[c. 4 - 5.]UA
DEOBOS[c. 4 - 5]ATIS
PARC.[c. 7 - 8]ACEATIS

6: The sixth letter of this line is now destroyed, but appears in a photograph taken when first excavated.

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

? The gratitude of a criminal yielded fortune to me who am so grateful; what use are you? because my fates [---] ? I persuade you [---] sparing (plural)[---]

(N.B. I do not understand this text.)

Bibliography: IRT, 1952, 174, whence IRT, 2009, 174, whence EDH 059150; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. In situ: Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DS Leica 467 or 468)

   Fig. 2. In situ: Ward-Perkins, 1946 (Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR 46.III.11)

   Fig. 3. Sabratha Museum: Sasha Coachman, 2009 (Wikimedia Commons)