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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0344. Fragmentary dedication to Titus (?)

Description: Two blocks of grey limestone, probably from the same inscription. a) w: 0.89 x h: 0.50 x d: 0.52. b) w: 0.77 x h: 0.51 x d: 0.53.
Text: Inscribed on the surviving faces.
Letters: a) First century lapidary capitals:from top of block, line 1, 0.16-0.35; to bottom, 0.14.b) First century capitals: from top of block. line 1, 0.16-0.35; line 2 (decapitated),0.37-0.50

Date: CE 72-79 (titulature)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Forum Vetus, reused for the steps of the Propylaea of the Curia. Block b) is cut to form a moulding.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot


[---]o Aug(usti) f(ilio) po[nt(ifici) ---]
[--- trib(unicia) pot(estate) ---]II imp(eratori) [---]
[---] Lep(citani) dẹ[derunt ---]



English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

(a. ) To [---] son of Augustus, [chief] priest [---] (b. )[---] holding tribunician power for the ? (at least second) time [---] the Lepcitanians gave [---]


Within the limits suggested by material and lettering, probably these titles refer to Titus, from 1 Jul. 72.

Bibliography: Cagnat and Merlin, 1923, If; Romanelli, 1925, 132, part of b) only; IRT, 1952, 344, whence IRT, 2009, 344, whence EDH 059276; also copied by Halbherr, whence Paci, 1989 1-2; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins, 1946 (Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR 46.XXI.33)

   Fig. 2. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 245 Lastre)