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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0294. Dedication to Liber Pater

Description: Bracket (w: 0.31 x h: 0.16) of grey limestone.
Text: Inscribed on the face below the projection. Four lines of Neo-Punic follow the Latin text, which must therefore belong to the first century.
Letters: Irregular capitals: I.1, 0 01- 0.025; line 2, 0.015; line 3, 0.012; line 4, 0.01.

Date: First century CE (language)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Regio V, Found in the Punic Market
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Lepcis Museum.


Libero Patri sacr(um)
Boncarth Muṭḥumbalis f(ilius)
Sydby <f(ilius)>, IIIIuir macelḷi ex multis
(denariorum) LXII quibus adiecit de suo (denarios) LIII
mᵓš z ṭynᵓ lᵓdn šdrpᵓ b̊d̊mlqrt bn mtnbᶜl šmkyᵓ̊
ms̊p̊r̊[---] hb̊qr špṭm̊ ṭ̊n̊ᵓ̊t̊̊̊ [---]
[---]wššm wšnm
[dnᶜ]r̊yᵓ ḥmšm wšlš



i.3: sobti IIIvir IRT, 1952
ii.1: šbdyᵓ̊ Jongeling, 2008

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

i: Sacred to Liber Pater; Boncath son of Muthumbal, ?sufete, member of the commitee of three for the market (scil. set this up) using sixty-two denarii raised in fines, to which he added fifty-three denarii from his own fonds.

English translation

Translation by: Caroline Barron

ii: This statue has been set up to the lord ŠDRPᵓ B̊D̊ MLQRT, son of MTNBᶜL ŠMKYᵓ̊ [ ]il BQR (?) sufetes [ ] and sixty two [ ]fifty-three denari

English translation

Translation source: Levi Della Vida, 1942

ii: This is the statue which Bodmelqart ben Muttunba`al Sh.- m.ki set up to the Lord Sh. d. r.p.

French translation

Translation source: Di Vita-Évrard, 2002

ii: Cette statue, l'a élevé au Seigneur Shadrapa Bodmelqart fils de Muthunba [ . . .


ii: only line 1 is clearly legible.

Discussion of the Neo-Punic text: Levi della Vida (1959), 302; Jongeling, K. 1983, ‘Neo-punische-latijnse inscripties uit Lepcis Magna (Libye)’ in , 414; Adams (2003), 227-228; Jongeling (2008), Labdah N17; Cooley (2012), 260.

Bibliography: Levi Della Vida, 1942, 30-31; IRT, 1952, 294, whence IRT, 2009, 294; Levi Della Vida, 1987, 25; Di Vita-Évrard, 2002, 300-304, whence AE 2003.1902; Jongeling-Kerr, 2005, 25; Jongeling, 2008, Labdah N17 EDH 045500; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. CLM 328)