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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0357. Building inscription of aqueduct under Hadrian

Description: Block (w: 2.58 x h: 0.95 x d: 0.28) of grey-brown limestone.
Text: Inscribed on one face, which is worn, within a moulded tabella ansata (die, w: 2.75 x h: 0.68)
Letters: Lapidary capitals: line 1, (0.09; line 2, 0.06; line 3, 0.05; line 4, 0.10; lines 5-6, 0.07.

Date: 1 January - 9 December 119 CE: GODOT and GODOT (internal date)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Regio II, In the wall of a cistern, south of the Hadrianic Baths.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot


Imp(eratore) Caesare diui Traiani
Parthici f(ilio) diui N[e]ruae nep(ote) Traia[no]
Hadriano Aug(usto) pont(ifice) max(imo) trib(unicia) pot(estate) II[II] co(n)s(ule) III
5 Q(uintus) Sẹrui[l]ius Candidus sua
inpensa aquam quaesit[a]m et eleuatam
in coloniam perduxit



2: [P]arthico [f(ilio)] Leroy, 1976 ; Nerua[e] Leroy, 1976 ; T[raiano] IRT, 1952

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

When emperor Caesar [Trajan] Hadrian Augustus, son of deified Trajan victor in Parthia, grandson of deified Nerva, chief priest, was holding tribunician power for the [fourth] time, consul for the third, Quintus Servilius Candidus brought fresh water into the colony at his own expense, having sought it out and raised it.


Line 4. Q. Seruilius Candidus. Also in 275 , line 5; 358 , line 5; 359 , line 3.

Bibliography: CIL VIII, 1881 11 (from a copy by Pouttion) whence ILS 5754; Romanelli, 1925a, 223ff; Romanelli, 1925, 141ff; IRT, 1952, 357, whence IRT, 2009, 357; Leroy, 1976 , with a plate, whence AE 1977.848, EDH 020899; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 246 Lastre)