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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0321. Building inscription under Augustus

Description: lintel (w: 3.16 x h: 0.82) of grey limestone, inscribed on one face within a moulded tabella ansata. Two lines of Neo-Punic follow the Latin text (Neo-Punic 30). The Neo-Punic text is a literal translation of the Latin.
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: Lapidary capitals: 0.08.

Date: 2 CE: GODOT and GODOT (internal date)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Regio V, Theatre, in situ above the door leading from the orchestra into the West lateral corridor. Uniform with 322, 323.
Original location: Findspot
Last recorded location: Theatre, in situ above the door leading from the orchestra into the West lateral corridor.


Imp(eratore) Caesare Diui f(ilio) Aug(usto) pont(ifice) max(imo) tr(ibunicia) pot(estate) XXIV co(n)s(ule) XIII patre patr(iae)
Annobal Rufus ornator patriae amator concordiae
flamen sufes praef(ectus) sacr(orum) Himilchonis Tapapi f(ilius) d(e) s(ua) p(ecunia) fac(iendum) coer(auit)
idemq(ue) dedicauit
ḥnbᶜl myšql ᵓrṣ mḥb dᶜt htmt zbḥ špṭ ᵓdr
ᶜzrm bn ḥmlkt ṭbḥpy rᵓps btᵓrm btm pᶜl wᵓyqdš



English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

i. When Emperor Caesar Augustus, son of the deified (scil. Caesar), chief priest, (scil. was) holding tribunician power for the twenty-fourth time, consul for the thirteenth, father of the country, Annobal Rufus, adorner of his country, lover of concord, flamen (local priest), sufete, in charged of sacred things, son of Himilcho Tapapius, saw to the construction at his own expense and also dedicated it.

English translation

Translation by: Caroline Barron

ii. Annobal, adorner of the fatherland, lover of complete knowledge, flamen, sufete, prefect, of the cult, son of Imilcho Tapaphius Rufus, son of 'RM, made and dedicated this at his own expense


Annobal Tapapius Rufus. See 319

Discussion of the Neo-Punic text: Jongeling, K. 1983, ‘Neo-punische-latijnse inscripties uit Lepcis Magna (Libye)’ in 13, 412-413; Amadasi Guzzo, M.G. 1986. 'L'onomastica nelle iscrizioni puniche tripolitane' in 14, 21-51; Giardina (1988), 67-87; Adams (2003), 223; Jongeling (2008), Labdah N16a; Cooley (2012), 257-259.

Bibliography: Caputo-Levi della Vida, 1933 95ff., fig. 4, 104 ff. (Neo-Punic text), whence AE 1938.3, Archäologischer Anzeiger 1940, 551, whence AE 1941, p.133; discussed Aurigemma, 1940c, 16, whence AE 1948.6b; IRT, 1952, 321, whence IRT, 2009, 321, whence EDH 021909 Levi Della Vida, 1938 104-109, whence Levi Della Vida, 1987 24, whence Jongeling, 2008 Labdah N16a; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 247 Leica)

   Fig. 2. Roueché, 2010 (DSC1368)