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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0342. Dedication to Vespasian

Description: blocks (length varying w: 0.50 x h: 0.50) of grey limestone, probably from a destroyed arch.
Text: Inscribed on front and back with identical texts.
Letters: Lapidary capitals: 0.20.

Date: CE 77-78: GODOT (titulature)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Cardo Maximus, Found, in part re-used in the Byzantine Gate (at the angle of Regio IV, insula 12, Regio V, insula 12, and Regio VI, insula 1 and 2), in part scattered near by.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Recomposed beside the Gate (total measurements, 4.90 2.00 ). One block (CIL VIII, 9) is at Virginia Water, Surrey (see Lane, art.cit.).


Imp(eratori) Caesa[r]i Uespasian[o Aug(usto) p]ont(ifici) max(imo) [trib(unicia)]
pot(estate) [VIIII] [imp(eratori)] [XVIIII] [p(atri) p(atriae)] co(n)s(uli) V[III]
[T(ito) Imp(eratori)] Caes[ari Uespasi]ano Aug(usti) f(ilio)
pont(ifici) [imp(eratori) ---] co(n)s(uli) VI
5[C(aius) Pa]ccius Africanus pon[tif(ex)] co(n)s(ul)
[pr]oco(n)s(ul) Africae patronu[s] per
Cn(aeum) Dom[itium] Ponti[c]um pr(aetorem) leg(atum)
pro [pr(aetore) pat]ronum municipi dedic(auit)
[Imp(eratori)] Caesari U[espasia]no Aug(usto) po[nt(ifici) max(imo)]
[tr]ib(unicia) pot(estate) VI[III imp(eratori) X]VIIII p(atri) p(atriae) c[o(n)]s(uli) VIII
T(ito) Imp(eratori) Caesari [Uespasian]o Aug(usti) [f(ilio)]
pont(ifici) i[mp(eratori)---] co(n)s(uli) [UI]
5C(aius) Pac[ci]us Africanus pontif(ex) [co(n)s(ul)]
pr[oc]o(n)s(ul) Africae patronu[s per]
Cn(aeum) Domitium Pon[ticum] pr(aetorem) leg(atum)
pro pr(aetore) patronum [muni]cipi dedic(auit)



English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

a. To emperor Caesar Vespasian Augustus, chief priest, holding tribunician power for the [ninth time , acclaimed victor nineteen times, father of the country], consul [eight] times, (scil. and) [Titus Emperor] Caesar Vespasian son of Augustus, priest, [acclaimed victor ? times], consul six times; [Caius Pa]ccius Africanus, pontifex (Roman priest), consul, proconsul of Africa, patron, by means of Cnaeus Domitius Ponticus, praetor, legate with propraetorian powers, patron of the municipality, dedicated (scil. this).

b. To emperor Caesar Vespasian Augustus, chief priest, holding tribunician power for the [ninth time , acclaimed victor ] nineteen times, father of the country, consul eight times, (scil. and) Titus Emperor Caesar [Uespasian, son] of Augustus, priest, [acclaimed victor ? times], consul[ six times]; Caius Paccius Africanus, pontifex (Roman priest), [consul], proconsul of Africa, patron, [by means of] Cnaeus Domitius Ponticus, praetor, legate with propraetorian power, patron of the municipality, dedicated (scil. this)


C. Paccius Africanus: PIR P 0014; https://pir.bbaw.de/id/9992.

Cn. Domitius Ponticus: RE Domitius 73; https://pir.bbaw.de/id/5443.

Bibliography: One fragment CIL VIII, 1881 8 and 9, mentioned, Hodder, 1903 49 Chambers, 1955 50, Lane, 2012 74; Bartoccini, 1924 69; Romanelli, 1925, 87, whence AE 1926.155, Degrassi N., 1945, 8, n. 4; Published with a number of fresh blocks Goodchild, 1950, 77-82 , whence (b only) AE 1949.84, a and b AE 1951.206; IRT, 1952, 342, whence IRT, 2009, 342, whence EDH 021418; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 213 Lastre)

   Fig. 2. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 214 Lastre)

   Fig. 3. Ward-Perkins, 1947 (Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR 47.XVI.13)

   Fig. 4. Ward-Perkins, 1946 (Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR 46.XIV.34)

   Fig. 5. Ward-Perkins, 1946 (Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR 46.XIV.33)

   Fig. 6. Ward-Perkins, 1946 (Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR 46.XVI.30)

   Fig. 7. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR

   Fig. 8. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR