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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0393. Dedication to Septimius Severus

Description: Two marble plinths, placed together to form a base with a lower moulding (w: 1.16 x h: 0.72 x d: 0.86).
Text: Inscribed on one face. Probably uniform with 423.
Letters: Rustic capitals: lines 1-2, 0.06; line 3, 0.05; lines 4-6, 0.04.

Date: CE 202: GODOT (internal date)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Regio II, Hadrianic Baths, in situ in the centre of the Frigidarium.
Original location: Findspot
Last recorded location: Findspot


Imp(eratori) Caes(ari) [L(ucio) Septimio Seuero]
Pio Pertinaci Aug(usto) Arabico
Adiabenico Parthico maximo
pont(ifici) max(imo) trib(unicia) potest(ate) X imp(eratori) XI p(atri) p(atriae)
5 proco(n)s(uli) co(n)s(uli) III Lepcitani Septimiani publ(ice)
ob eximiam ac diuinam in se indulgentiam



English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

To Emperor Caesar [Lucius Septimius Severus] Pius Pertinax Augustus, victor in Arabia, victor in Adiabene, greatest victor in Parthia, chief priest, holding tribunician power for the tenth time, acclaimed victor eleven times, father of the country, proconsul, consul for the third time; the Septimian Lepcitanians, (scil. set this up) publicly on account of his outstanding and god-like favours to them.

Bibliography: Romanelli, 1925, 121; Bartoccini, 1925a, 304, whence AE 1925.104; Bartoccini, 1929, 81 ff. fig. 83; IRT, 1952, 393, whence IRT, 2009, 393, whence EDH 025846; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. B. 1081)

   Fig. 2. Front face: Tantillo (2008)

   Fig. 3. Rear face: Tantillo (2008)

   Fig. 4. Right side: Tantillo (2008)

   Fig. 5. Left side: Tantillo (2008)

   Fig. 6. Top: Tantillo (2008)