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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0463. Dedication to Severus

Description: Rectangular base (w: 0.602 x h: 1.44 x d: 0.62) of brown limestone; the right-hand face of 454, with moulding above and below.
Text: Very lightly inscribed on a rough surface; (die, w: 0.48 x h: 0.83).
Letters: Fourth century CE capitals: 0.045-0.06.

Date: 1 May 305 - August 306 CE (titulature)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Regio IV, Forum Severianum, South Portico.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot


[D(omino)] n(ostro) inuicto ac no-
bilissimo Caesari
Fḷ[aui]o Ualerio Sẹuero
Lepcitani deuoti
5numini maiestatiq(ue)
eius publice



3: Flaui IRT, 1952
7: d(ecurionum) d(ecreto) Ciotti, 1948 but this does not figure on the stone.

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

To our [Lord] the unconquered and most noble Caesar, Flavius Valerius Severus; the Lepcitanians, devoted to his divine power and majesty, (scil. set this up) publicly.

Italian translation

Translation source: Tantillo-Bigi, 2010

Al nostro signore, Cesare invitto e nobilissimo, Flavio Valerio Severo, i Leptitani, devoti al suo nume e alla sua maestà, a spese pubbliche

English translation

Translation source: LSA, 2012

To our lord, the unconquered and most noble Caesar, Flavius Valerius Severus; the people of Lepcis (Lepcitani), devoted to his divine spirit and majesty, [set this up] with public funds.

Bibliography: Ciotti, 1948 120; IRT, 1952, 463, whence IRT, 2009, 463; Tantillo-Bigi, 2010, 4, LSA, 2012, 2150 (Tantillo and Bigi), EDH (Gräf, 2016) 059357; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 1533 Leica)

   Fig. 2. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. CLM 585)

   Fig. 3. Face, drawing: Bigi (2009)

   Fig. 4. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. CLM 745)

   Fig. 5. Face: Tantillo (2005)

   Fig. 6. Top: Tantillo, 2008 (P1050726)