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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0323. Building inscription under Augustus by Annobal Rufus

Description: Lintel of grey limestone, (w: 4.64 x h: 1.03 x d: 0.54-0.29).
Text: Inscribed on one face within a moulded tabella ansata (die, w: 4.00 x h: 0.64). Uniform with 321 and 322; the text is identical with that of 322.
Letters: Lapidary capitals: 0.157-0.12.

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

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Regio V, Theatre, found re-used and now replaced above the street door of the East dressing room.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: now replaced above the street door of the East dressing room


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 flamen
sufes praef(ectus) sacr(orum) Himilchonis Tapapi [f(ilius)] Rufu[s] d(e) s(ua) p(ecunia) fac(iendum) coer(auit) idemq(ue) dedicauit



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 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.


IRT 323 is not bilingual, but rather renders the same Latin text as IRT 321-322.

Annobal Tapapius Rufus. See 319.

Bibliography: Caputo, 1940, l99.ff, fig. 16; IRT, 1952, 323, whence IRT, 2009, 323, whence EDH 059268; Levi Della Vida, 1938 104-109, whence Levi Della Vida, 1987 24; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections..


   Fig. 1. Restored in position: Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 270 Lastre)

   Fig. 2. At the time of excavation: Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 798(?)Leica)