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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0428. Building inscription of the Basilica

Description: Inscribed marble balustrade blocks (each originally w: 3.44 x h: 0.88 x d: 0.65). There were originally 42 blocks, of which 28 survive complete and 11 in part, recomposed by Caputo.
Text: Inscribed on the face.
Letters: Lapidary capitals: 0.27.

Date: a: CE 210: GODOT b: CE 216: GODOT (internal date)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Forum Severianum: Severan Basilicaa. From the lower order of the interior colonnades.
Original location: Findspot
Last recorded location: Findspot


Imperator Caesar Lucius Septimius [Seuerus Pius] Pert[inax Aug(ustus) Arabicus Adiabenicus Parthicus maximus Brittanicus] max[imus pontif]ex maximus [tribuniciae] potestatis decem et [o]cties imperator duodecies co(n)s(ul) ter pater patriae proco(n)s(ul) coepit et ex maiore parte [perf]ecit Imp(erator) Caes(ar) di[ui] Se[pti]mi [S]eueri Pii Arabici Adiabenici Parth[i]ci max[imi B]rita[nnici maximi] fil[ius]
diui Marci Antonini Pii Germanici Sarmatici nepos diui Antonini Pii pronepos diui Hadriani adnepos diui Traiani Parthici et diui Neruae adnepos Imp(erator) Ca[e]s(ar) Marcus Aurellius Antoninus Pius Aug(ustus) Parthicus max(imus) Britannicus max[imus G]ermanicus maximus pontifex maximus tribuniciae potesta[t]is dec[e]mnouies imperator ter co(n)s(ul) [qu]ater pater pa[triae pr]oco(n)s(ul) perfici c[urauit]



English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

The emperor Caesar Lucius Septimius [Severus Pius] Pert[inax Augustus, victor in Arabia, victor in Adiabene, greatest victor in Parthia, greatest victor in Britannia, ] chief priest, [holding tribunician] power for the eighteenth time, acclaimed victor twelve times, consul [three times, father] of the country, proconsul, began and substantially completed (scil. this); emperor Caesar, son of deified Septimius Severus Pius, victor in Arabia, victor in Adiabene, greatest victor in Parthia, greatest victor in Britannia, grandson of deified Marcus Antoninus, victor in Germany, victor in Sarmatia, great grandson of deified Antoninus Pius, great great grandson of deified Hadrian, great great great grandson of deified Trajan, victor in Parthia and of deified Nerva, emperor Caesar Marcus Aurellius Antoninus Pius Augustus, greatest victor in Parthia, greatest victor in Britannia, greatest victor in Germany, chief priest, holding tribunician power for the nineteenth time, acclaimed victor three times, consul four times, father of the country, proconsul, [arranged] for its completion.


The text is identical with that of 427 from the exterior of the Basilica, and 1018

Bibliography: Romanelli, 1925, 109 , whence AE 1926.157; Guidi, 1929, 231 ff., plates B and C, figs 3, 4; also, probably, CIL VIII, suppl.4, 1916 22671 a; IRT, 1952, 428, whence IRT, 2009, 428, whence EDH 025522; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. CLM 314)