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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0353. Building dedication of arch to Trajan

Description: Two blocks (w: 1.23 x h: 0.45 x d: 0.45 and w: 0.8 x h: 0.45 x d: 0.45) of grey limestone, all that survive of six which comprised the dedicatory inscription on the South West face of the Arch of Trajan. See also 523, 537.
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: Lapidary capitals: line 1, 0.11; remainder, 0.07.

Date: CE 110: GODOT (internal date)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Cardo Maximus, Arch of Trajan across the main street at the angle of Regio IV, , insula 2 and 3, and Regio V, insula 1 and 3.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot


[Imp(eratori) Cae]sari diui Neru[ae f(ilio) Neruae T]raiano Au[gusto Germ(anico)]
[Dacico pont(ifici)] max(imo) trib(unicia) pot(estate) XIIII im[p](eratori) [VI co(n)s(uli) V] p(atri) p(atriae) con[sensu omnium]
[ordo et populus] coloniae Ulpiae Tr[aianae fid]elis Lepcis [Magnae arcum]
cum ornament[is pecunia pub]lica feceru[nt]



English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

To [ Emperor Cae]sar [Nerva] Trajan Augustus [Germanicus, Dacicus, son] of deified Ne[rva], chief [priest] holding tribunician power for the fourteenth time, acclaimed victor [six times, consul five times], father of the country; [with the agreement of all the city council and the people] of the colony Ulpia Traiana fidelis Lepcis [Magna] had the [arch] built with adornments [at public expense]

Bibliography: Delaporte, 1836 7, whence CIL VIII, 1881 10 (one block only) with p. 2289; Romanelli, 1940, 98ff., figs. 8, 9, whence AE 1948.2; CIL VIII, suppl.4, 1916 22670 line 4- 5 is probably derived from a block now lost. IRT, 1952, 353, whence IRT, 2009, 353, whence EDH 019662; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. CLM 928)

   Fig. 2. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. CLM 929)