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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0201. Christian funerary inscription of Esidorus

Description: Re-used paving-slab (w: 0.58 x h: 0.88) of grey limestone.
Text: Inscribed on the surviving face. Part of the top line is now lost, and is here read from an earlier photograph.
Letters: 0.05-0.07; uncial D twice.

Date: fifth-seventh centuries CE (context)

Findspot: Sabratha: Byzantine city-wall to the W of the Forum. Found during trenching, near the site of the modern tunny-factory
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Sabratha Museum.


((crux)) Bo{m}(nae) memo(ria)e
Esidorus bix(i)t
in p(ac)e an<n>os
LXX pl(u)s m(inu)s s(ub) d(ie)
5 XI men(sis) O(cto)b(ris) ind(ictione) IIII



1: ((crux)) BOMMEMOE and small LE under the third M.

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

(cross) Of good memory. Esidorus lived in peace for approximately 70 years (scil. and was laid to rest) on the 11th October in the fourth indiction.

Bibliography: Bartoccini, Basiliche, no. 15; IRT, 1952, 201, whence IRT, 2009, 201, whence EDH 059177; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections..


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DS 811 Leica)

   Fig. 2. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. B. 569)