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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0471. Honours for Constantius II

Description: Moulded marble base (w: 0.90 x h: 1.10 x d: 0.55).
Text: Inscribed on one face within a moulded panel (die, w: 0.53 x h: 0.36), from which an earlier inscription may have been erased; a formal spray follows the text.
Letters: Fourth century CE capitals: av. 0.03; dot for stop.

Date: CE 352-361 (reign)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Forum Severianum, North side.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot


Pietate insigni praedito ac legum
omnium iustissimo moderatori
((stop)) d(omino) n(ostro) Flauio Iulio Constantio uicto-
riosissimo semper Augusto
5Marcus Nicentius ((stop)) u(ir) ((stop)) p(erfectissimus) ((stop)) praeses
prouinciae Tripolitanae dicauit
numini maiestatique eius cum Lepci-
magnensibus deuotus ((palm))



English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

To one endowed with remarkable piety, and moreover most just moderator of all laws, our lord Flavius Julius Constantius, most victorious, always Augustus; Marcus Nicentius, excellent man (i.e. equestrian) governor of the province of Tripolitania, dedicated (scil. this) along with the Lepcitanians to his divine power and majesty, being devoted (scil. to him).

Italian translation

Translation source: Tantillo-Bigi, 2010

Dotato di pietà straordinariamente insigne e giustissimo moderatore di tutte le leggi, al nostro signore Flavio Giulio Costanzo, vittoriosissimo, per sempre Augusto, Marcus Nicentius, uomo perfettissimo, governatore della Prouincia di Tripolitania, dedicò, devoto insieme ai Leptitani al suo nume e alla sua maestà

English translation

Translation source: LSA, 2012

To one gifted with exceptional piety, and a most just moderator of all laws, our lord Flavius Iulius Constantius, most victorious, forever Augustus. Marcus Nicentius, of perfectissimus rank, governor (praeses) of the province of Tripolitania dedicated [this statue], devoted, with the people of Lepcis Magna, to his divine spirit and majesty


PLRE I Nicentius 4

Bibliography: From a copy by Caputo, Bersanetti, 1945, 39, whence AE 1947.62; Guey, 1951a , whence AE 1952, page 56; IRT, 1952, 471, whence IRT, 2009, 471; Tantillo-Bigi, 2010, 8, whence LSA, 2012, 2154 (Tantillo and Bigi), EDH (Bigi, 2014) 019427; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. CLM 586)

   Fig. 2. View: Tantillo (2008)

   Fig. 3. Front face: Tantillo (2003)

   Fig. 4. Text: Tantillo (2003)

   Fig. 5. Left face and back: Tantillo (2008)

   Fig. 6. Top: Tantillo (2008)