WP 0005

Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0523. Building? inscription by a proconsul

Description: Three blocks, one complete, one damaged (together, total length, 1.97) and one fragmentary block of grey limestone. It has the same cornice-moulding as 537. See also 353.
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: Lapidary capitals: line 1, 0.065; line 2, 0.055; line 3, 0.05.

Date: Early second century (see below). (context, prosopography)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Cardo Maximus, Arch of Trajan. From an inscription which stood on the North East face of the arch, corresponding to 537 on the South West.
Original location: Findspot
Last recorded location: Findspot


C(aius) Cornelius Rarus Sextius Na[---] co(n)s(ul) XV[uir]
sacris faciu[ndis---]
proco(n)s(ul) prou[inc(iae) Africae ---]



English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

Caius Cornelius Rarus Sextius Na[---], consul, member of the committee of fifteen for sacred activities, [---], proconsul of the province [of Africa ---]


Since the inscriptions on the SW face (353, 537) appear to refer to the dedication of the arch, Romanelli, op. cit., suggests that this inscription may have mentioned the beginning of its construction. If so, the proconsulate of Cornelius Rarus is presumably to be dated shortly before that of Q. Pomponius Rufus (109-110, see 353 and 537).

Bibliography: Romanelli, 1940, 104 ff., fig. 12, whence AE 1948.4; Guey, 1951 , whence AE 1952, page 36; IRT, 1952, 523, whence IRT, 2009, 523, whence EDH 019668; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. CLM 931)