WP 0005

Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0358a. Building inscription of aqueduct under Hadrian

Description: Base (w: 0.565 x h: 0.62 x d: 0.235) of brown limestone moulded at top and bottom of the outer and rear faces; rough on the flat inner face, from which a socket runs to the centre and extends into the upper face.
Text: Inscribed on one flat face.
Letters: Rustic capitals: 0.05-0.035.

Date: CE 120: GODOT (internal date)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Regio V, Theatre, on the stage.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot


Imp(erator) Caesar diui Traiani Part[hici f(ilius)]
diui Neru[ae] n(epos) Traianus Hadrianus [Aug(ustus)]
pont(ifex) max(imus) [tr]ib(unicia) pot(estate) IIII co(n)s(ul) III
aquae aeternitati consuluit
5 Q(uintus) Seruilius Candidus pecunia sua perduxit



English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

Emperor Caesar Trajan Hadrian Augustus, son of deified Trajan, victor in Parthia, grandson of deified Nerva, chief priest holding tribunician power for the fourth time, consul for the third, raised the question of permanent water supply. Quintus Servilius Candidus brought it at his own expense.


The text is identical to 358b

Q. Servilius Candidus: also in 275, 357, 359.

Bibliography: IRT, 1952, 358.a, whence IRT, 2009, 358a, whence EDH 059284; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 1622 Leica)

   Fig. 2. Face: Tantillo (n.d.)