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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0322. Building inscription under Augustus

Description: Lintel (w: 3.17 x h: 0.97 x d: 0.30) of grey limestone.
Text: Inscribed within a moulded tabella ansata (die, w: 2.315 x h: 0.62); there is a rosette in relief within each ansa and clasped hands in relief in the centre of line 2, between the words patre and Patriae. Two lines of Neo-Punic follow the Latin text (unpublished but identical with the Neo-Punic text of 321, q.v.) . Uniform with 321, 323. The text is identical with that of 323.
Letters: Lapidary capitals: 0.09-0.065

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

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Regio V, Theatre, in situ above the door from the orchestra into the East lateral corridor.
Original location: Findspot
Last recorded location: Theatre, in situ above the door from the orchestra into the East 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 ornator patriae amator concordiae
5 flamen sufes praef(ectus) sacr(orum) Himilchonis Tapapi f(ilius) Rufus
d(e) s(ua) p(ecunia) fac(iendum) coer(auit) idemq(ue) dedicauit
ḥnbᶜl myšql ᵓrṣ m-
ḥb 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, was (scil. )holding tribunician power for the twentyfourth time, consul for the thirteenth, father of the country, Annobal, adorner of his country, lover of concord, flamen (local priest), sufete, in charged of sacred things, son of Himilcho Tapapius Rufus, saw to the construction at his own expense and also dedicated it.

English translation

Translation source:

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.


Line 4-5. Annobal Tapapius Rufus. See 319 , n. 8.

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; Jongeling (2008), Labdah N16b; Cooley (2012), 257-259.

Bibliography: Caputo, 1940 197 ff, fig.15; IRT, 1952, 322, whence IRT, 2009, 322, whence EDH 059267 Levi Della Vida, 1938 104-109, whence Levi Della Vida, 1987 59-60, whence Jongeling, 2008 Labdah N16b; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 1281 Lastre)

   Fig. 2. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 798(?)Leica)