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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0331. Building dedication to Tiberius for road paving

Description: Ten blocks of grey limestone (together, w: 4.75 x h: 0.95). An eleventh inscribed block is missing.
Text: Inscribed on one face only. The text is identical with 330.
Letters: Lapidary capitals: line 1, 0.12; line 2, 0.09; remainder, 0.055-0.07.

Date: CE 35-36: GODOT (internal date)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Regio V, (insula 14): From a simple arch across the street at the North angle of the Portico behind the Theatre .
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot


[Ti(berio) Caes]ari diui Aug(usti) f(ilio) Augusto diui Iuli n(epoti) pont(ifici) max(imo) co(n)[s(uli)] [V] imp(eratori) VIII
trib(unicia) potest(ate) XXXVII
C(aius) Rubellius Blandus q(uaestor) diui Aug(usti) tr(ibunus) pl(ebis) pr(aetor) co(n)s(ul) proco(n)s(ul) pont(ifex) patronus
ex r[e]ditibus agrorum quos Lepcitanis restituit uias omnis ciuitatis Lepcitanae ster-
5nendas silice curauit
M(arcus) Etrilius Lupercus leg(atus) pro pr(aetore) patronus sub hasta f(aciendum) l(ocauit)



English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

To Tiberius Caesar Augustus, son of the deified Augustus, grandson of deified Julius, chief priest, consul [for the fifth time], acclaimed victor for the eight, holding tribunician power for the thirty-seventh; Caius Rubellius Blandus, quaestor of deified Augustus, tribune of the people, praetor, consul, proconsul, priest, patron, using the income from land which he restored to the people of Lepcis, [saw to it] that all the streets of the city of Lapcis were paved with silex. Marcus Etrilius Lupercus, his legate (senatorial assistent) and civic patron let the contracts for the work.


Line 2. trib. pot. XXXVII - July 35 - 30 June 36.

C. Rubellius Blandus: PIR, R 111, https://pir.bbaw.de/id/11481

M. Etrilius Lupercus: PIR E 0103; https://pir.bbaw.de/id/5617.

Bibliography: Romanelli, 1940, 87 ff,., figs. 2, 3 , whence AE 1948.1 IRT, 1952, 331, whence IRT, 2009, 331, whence EDH 059272; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 1359 Leica)

   Fig. 2. Ward-Perkins, 1946 (Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR 46.XVII.25)

   Fig. 3. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 135 Lastre)

   Fig. 4. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 136 Lastre)