WP 0005

Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0516b. Fragmentary building? inscription

Description: Two block of grey limestone (w: 1.34 x h: 0.52 x d: 0.20 - the depth measurement is approximate).
Text: Inscribed within a tabella ansata (die, surviving width w: 0.91 x h: 0.39). Apparently identical to IRT 516.a
Letters: Lapidary capitals: line 1, 0.105; line 2, 0.085; line 3, 0.08.

Date: After CE 79 (titulature)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Harbour area, on theEast Mole, together with much re-used material from other sites; re-used as a threshold (Bartoccini MS notes).
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot


M(arcus) Annius Messa[l---]
adlectus in senatum a di[uo ---]
a diuo Uespasiano leg(atus) Afr[icae ---]



a.1: Probably Messalla.

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

Marcus Annius Messal[---] adlected into the Senate by deified [Claudius? ---] by deified Vespasian, legate of Africa [---]


M. Annius Messalla: RE 14 Annius 66b, https://pir.bbaw.de/id/1409

Line 2: deified: Claudius or Vespasian.

Bibliography: IRT, 1952, 516.b, whence IRT, 2009, 516b, whence Thomasson, 1996 19, whence EDH 067670; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins, 1947 (Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR 47.IX.7)