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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0314. Building dedication of a cistern to Venus

Description: block (w: 0.93 x h: 0.44 x d: 0.30) of grey limestone inscribed on one face within a moulded panel (die, w: 0.76 x h: 0.30).
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: First century CE capitals line 1, 0.045; line 2- 3. 0.04.

Date: First century CE (lettering)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Ras el-Mergheb. Formerly in Homs Museum
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Lepcis Museum.


L(ucius) Tettius Eutychus in suo sua
pecun(ia) cistern(am) Ueneri et Lepcit(anis)
donui<t?> cura L(uci) Tetti Comi l(iberti) f(aciendam) c(urauit)



English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

Lucius Tettius Eutychus, on his own land and with his own money, made the gift of a cistern to Venus and the Lepcitanians (or gave to Venus and the Lepcitanian Adonis), arranging for its construction under the supervision of Lucius Tettius Comus, his freedman.


Line 1. L. Tettius Eutychus and L. Tettius Comus also in 746

Bibliography: Associazione Archeologica Romana, Arch, 1912 114, whence Calonghi, 1913 73ff., AE 1914.25; Cagnat and Merlin, 1923 7; Aurigemma, 1949, 55 ; IRT, 1952, 314, whence IRT, 2009, 314, whence EDH 027904; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. From left: Above: 749, 722; below 590ad, 314: Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. B. 832)

   Fig. 2. From top: 678; Punic text; 314: Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. B. 804)