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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0269. Dedication to Ceres

Description: Moulded tabella ansata consisting of 10 blocks of grey limestone (together, 1w: 1.65 x h: 0.70 x d: 0.60).
Text: Inscribedon one face.
Letters: Lapidary capitals: line 1, 0.20; line 2, 0.18.

Date: 35-36 CE (prosopography)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Regio V, Theatre, from the upper tiers of the caves, now recomposed and standing on the steps.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot


Cereri Augustae sacrum
C(aius) Rubellius Blandus co(n)s(ul) pont(ifex) proco(n)s(ul) dedic(auit) Suphunibal ornatrix pat[ria]e Annobalis Rusonis d(e) s(ua) p(ecunia) f(aciendum) c(urauit)



English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

Sacred to Ceres Augusta. Caius Rubellius Blandus, consul, pontifex (Roman priest), proconsul, dedicated (scil. this); Suphunibal, adorner of her city, wife of Annobal Ruso, organised its construction at her own expense.


C. Rubellius Blandus: PIR R 111, https://pir.bbaw.de/id/

Bibliography: Archäologischer Anzeiger, 1939-1941.717, whence AE 1951.84; IRT, 1952, 269, whence IRT, 2009, 269, whence EDH 021091; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 1217 Leica)

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

   Fig. 3. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (composite)