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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0522. Honours for a proconsul

Description: Moulded marble base (0.82 h: 1.10 x d: 0.82; height incomplete), the upper part of which is fragmentary. Cut on the right face; 477 is on the front face and 610 is on the reverse. Two additional fragments were found after 1951.
Text: Inscribed on the face.
Letters: Late third to fourth century capitals: 0.03.

Date: Late third to early fourth century (before 312) (lettering, titulature)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Forum Severianum, East Portico.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot


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T(ito) [Cl]audio A[ur](elio) [Aristobulo]
[u(iro) c(larissimo)] proconsulị p̣ṛ[ouinci]ae
[Afr]icae omnium uirtutum
uiro innocentis integri-
5tatis uicoratae lenitatis (sic)
sublimis moderation[i]s
laudauilis iustitiae (sic)
Lepcimagnenses ex de-
creto ordinis patrono
10( vac. ) perpetuo ((leaf))( vac. )


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10      PERPETUO       

1-2: Restoration of names and titles Di Vita-Évrard, 1985

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

[---] To Claudius A[---], proconsul of the province of Africa, a man of all the virtues, of blameless integrity, of real gentleness, of outstanding moderation, of praiseworthy justice; the Lepcimagnensians, in accordance with a decree of the city-council, (scil. set this up) to a perpetual patron.

Italian translation

Translation source: Tantillo-Bigi, 2010

. . . ? A Titus Claudius Aurelius Aristobulus, uomo chiarissimo, proconsole della Prouincia d’Africa, uomo dotato di ogni virtù, di intemerata integrità, di vigorosa mitezza, di sublime moderazione e di lodevole giustizia, gli abitanti di Leptis Magna, per decreto dell’ordine, al patrono perpetuo.

English translation

Translation source: LSA, 2012

To Tiberius Claudius Aurelius Aristobulus, of clarissimus rank, governor (proconsul) of the province of Africa, a man of all virtues, of blameless integrity, of vigorous mildness, of sublime moderation, and of laudible justice. The people of Lepcis Magna (Lepcimagnenses) [set this up] by decree of the city council (ordo), to their perpetual patron.

Bibliography: IRT, 1952, 522, with Reynolds, 1955 130, whence AE 1957.235, IRT, 2009, 522; revised Di Vita-Évrard, 1985 154-155, whence Tantillo-Bigi, 2010, 22, whence LSA, 2012, 2168 (Tantillo and Bigi), EDH (Bigi, 2014) 059411; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Assembled fragments, drawing: Bigi (2010)

   Fig. 2. Upper left fragment: Ward-Perkins, 1948 (Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR 48.XI.26)

   Fig. 3. Main part: Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. CLM 576)

   Fig. 4. Front face and right face: Tantillo (2008)

   Fig. 5. View: Tantillo (2003)

   Fig. 6. Face, with new fragments: Tantillo (2004)