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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0209. Christian funerary inscription of Irene

Description: block of stuccoed sandstone (w: 0.47 x h: 0.40 x d: 0.45). One of two or more similar blocks, comprising a freestanding tomb of the type characteristic of the later cemeteries at Sabratha and in Tripolitania generally.
Text: A cross in relief on the rounded upper surface and inscribed on one end within a frame of horizontal lines;
Letters: 0.05-0.06

Date: Sixth-seventh century CE (context, form)

Findspot: Sabratha: Regio IV, The late cemetery north-east of the Theatre.
Original location: Findspot
Last recorded location: Findspot


[((crux))?] Bona me-
moria Iren[e]
bixi[t a]nn(os) tr-
es et mense(m) un(um)
5 et req(uieuit) in pace
[---] ((crux))



English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

[(cross)?] Of good memory, Irene lived for three years and one month and was laid to rest in peace [on---] (cross)

Bibliography: IRT, 1952, 209, whence IRT, 2009, 209, whence EDH 059185; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections..


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins, 1948 (Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR 48.S.107)

   Fig. 2. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (/)