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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0429. Fragmentary dedication to Caracalla

Description: Part of a polygonal base of marble, broken at either side (surviving width, w: 0.40 x h: 0.32 x d: 0.60).
Text: Inscribed on the surviving face, with a moulding above and below. Uniform with 400 and 404.
Letters: Rustic capitals: 0.02-0.025.

Date: CE 216 (from 400). (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


[Imp(eratori) Caes(ari)] M(arco) Aurellio Antonino Pio Felic[i Aug(usto)]
[Parthico ma]ximo Britannico maximo Germ[anico]
[maximo ponti]fici maximo tribuniciae pote[statis] [XVIIII]
[imperatori III] [c]o(n)s(uli) IIII p(atri) p(atriae) Lepcitani Septimia[ni]
5[pro cont]inua indulgentia eius



English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

[To emperor Caesar] Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Pius Felix [Augustus], greatest [Uictor 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, the Septimian Lepcitanians [in return for] his continuous indulgence.

Bibliography: IRT, 1952, 429, whence IRT, 2009, 429, whence EDH 059334; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 1532 Leica)