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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0399. Fragmentary dedication to Septimius Severus

Description: Moulded base (w: 0.60 x h: 1.20 x d: 0.57) of brown limestone, the lower part broken; the surface of which is much abraded.
Text: Inscribed within a moulded panel (die, w: 0.10 x h: 0.65),
Letters: Rustic capitals: 0.045-0.05.

Date: CE 203 or 204: GODOT or GODOT (internal date)

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


[Imp(eratori) Caes(ari) L(ucio)] Septimio
[S]euero Pio
[Per]t[i]nac[i] Aug(usto)
[Arab(ico) Adiab]en-
5[ico Parth(ico)] maximo
[pont(ifici) max(imo)] trib(unicia)
[pot(estate) c. 1 - 4] imp(eratori) XI
[co(n)s(uli) c. 1 - 4 p]roco(n)s(uli)
10 ------


[...c. 1 - 4]IMPXI
[...c. 1 - 4.]ROCOS

7: Imp. XI, 198; imp. XII is a possible reading.

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

To [Emperor Caesar Lucius] Septimius Severus Pius Pertinax Augustus, [Uictor in Arabia, victor in Adiab]en[e, ], greatest [Uictor in Parthia, chief priest], holding tribunician [power for the --- time], acclaimed victor eleven (?twelve) times, [consul --- times], proconsul; the Lepcitanians [---]

Bibliography: Romanelli, 1925, 135-6; IRT, 1952, 399, whence IRT, 2009, 399, whence EDH 059319; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 342 Leica)