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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0268. Dedication to C(a)elestis

Description: Wall of a rock-cut terrace.
Text: Rock- cut inscription (line 1, length 3.25) on the wall. Since destroyed.
Letters: Lettering: line 1, 0.12; line 2, much smaller.

Date: First-third centuries CE (content)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Seen in 1895 on Ras el-Mergheb, incised on the wall of a rock- cut terrace. Since destroyed.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot


Celestis sanctissima propitia[...]eamus



1: Perhaps, Celestis sanctissima propitiam te habeamus, but the reading is hard to reconcile with the careful sketch by Clermont- Ganneau. which is the only reliable source for the text. IRT, 1952

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

Caelestis, most holy, we beg for your favour [---]


The second line, in much smaller characters, was very short.

Bibliography: Copied by Kallenberg, whence CIL VIII, 1881 22; Clermont-Ganneau, 1903, 344 (with sketch), whence AE 1904.17, CIL VIII, suppl.4, 1916 22686. Antonielli, 1922, 42; Aurigemma, 1949, 57; IRT, 1952, 268, whence IRT, 2009, 268, whence EDH 059235


   Fig. 1. Drawing, Clermont-Ganneau (1895)