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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0400. Posthumous dedication to Septimius Severus

Description: Part of a polygonal marble base (width incomplete; w: 0.40 x h: 0.25 x d: 0.35), uniform with 404 and 429.
Text: Inscribed on one face with traces of a moulding above and below.
Letters: Rustic capitals: 0.025.

Date: CE 216: GODOT (internal date)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Forum Severianum: Severan Basilica, found built into the steps of the South apse.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot


[Diuo] Seuero patri
[Imper]atoris Caes(aris) M(arci) Aurelli Antonini Pii Felicis
[Aug(usti) P]arthici maximi Brittanici maximi Germanici
[maximi] pontificis maximi tribuniciae potest-
5[atis X]VIII imperatori III co(n)s(ulis) IIII p(atris) p(atriae) (sic)
[Le]pcitani Septimiani



English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

To [deified] Severus, father of Emperor Caesar Marcus Aurellius Antoninus Pius Felix [Augustus], greatest victor in Parthia, greatest victor in Brittania, [greatest] victor in Germany, chief priest, holding tribunician power for the nineteenth time, acclaimed victor three times, consul four times, father of the country, the Septimian Lepcitanians.

Bibliography: IRT, 1952, 400, whence IRT, 2009, 400, whence EDH 059320; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 1530 Leica)