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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0310a. Dedication to Sarapis

Description: Moulded marble base (w: 0.68 x h: 1.19 x d: 0.55); the top has foot-shaped recesses for the attachment of a bronze statue.
Text: Inscribed on one face within a shallow recess (die, w: 0.44 x h: 0.45).
Letters: The lettering shows the influence of second century Rustic forms; 0.045; line 4, omicron 0.001.

Date: Probably second century (lettering)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: presumed to have come from Regio V, the Serapeion; presented to King George IV together with one block of 342 and 693 and a number of architectural fragments.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Now forming part of an ornamental ruin at Virginia Water, Surrey, along with one block of 342 and 693.


Διὶ, Ἡλίῳ, μεγάλωι
Σαράπιδι καὶ τοῖς
συννάοις θεοῖς
Π(όπλιος) Αὐρήλιος Διόσκορος
5( vac. ) ἀνέθηκεν ( vac. )


5      ΑΝΕΘΗΚΕΝ      

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

To Zeus, the Sun, the great Sarapis, and the gods who dwell in his temple; Publius Aurelius Dioscoros dedicated (scil. this).

Bibliography: Osann, 1822 231, whence CIG, Vol.III 4962; Hodder, 1903 50; transcribed by Arthur Evans, whence Tod, 1941 39; IRT, 1952, 310a, whence Vidman, SIRIS 799, PHI 189508 IRT, 2009, 310a; Chambers, 1955 50, mentioned Lane, 2012 74 Pugliese-Carratelli, 2003 3, whence AE 2003.1906, SEG 53.1171, whence PHI 323917 EDH 059260 Listed, Lane, 2004 Catalogue item 137; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR