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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0368. Dedication to Antoninus Pius

Description: Five fragments of a white marble panel, one from the upper edge (w: 0.235 x h: 0.215) and four with no edges surviving (the largest, w: 0.29 x h: 0.335).
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: Second century lapidary capitals: line 1, 0.10, remainder, 0.09.

Date: CE 139: GODOT and GODOT (internal date)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Forum Vetus.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Lepcis Museum.


[Imp(eratori) Caes(ari)] diui Had[riani f(ilio)]
[diui Traiani Pa]rthic[i n(epoti)]
[diui Neruae ab]n(epoti) T(ito) A[elio]
[Hadrian]o A[ntonino Aug(usto) Pio]
5 [pon]t(ifici) max(imo) tr[ib(unicia) p]ot(estate) II
co(n)s(uli) II [p(atri) p(atriae)]
[Lep]citan[i publice]



6: cos II desig. II p p : the lettering in line 6 is very much more widely spaced than in line 5 or, indeed, in any other line in this inscription: COS II in fact occupies space for half a line. The proposed reading would produce asymmetry and cannot therefore be accepted.

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

[To emperor Caesar] Titus A[elius Hadrian]us A[ntoninus Augustus Pius son of] deified Hadrian, [grandson of deified Trajan] victor in Parthia, great grandson of [ deified Nerva], chief [priest], holding tribunician power for the second time, consul twice, [ father of the country]; the Lepcitanians [publicly]

Bibliography: Degrassi A., 1954 III; IRT, 1952, 368, whence IRT, 2009, 368, whence EDH 059292; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins, 1948 (Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR 48.X.35)