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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0533. Building dedication for a fountain

Description: Parts of a marble panel reconstructed from fragments (w: 1.92 x h: 0.54 x d: 0.02).
Text: Inscribed within an incised tabella ansata, with simple rosettes within the ansae.
Letters: Second century CE capitals: line 1-2, 0.075; line 3, 0.08; line 4, 0.065.

Date: 157/8 CE (prosopography)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Regio V, Theatre, from the fountain against the reverse face of the scaena.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot


Lacus pec[unia] pub[li]ca ampliatus et m[armori-]
bus et columnis itemque Cu[p]idinibus [exorna-]
tus dedicatus est L(ucio) Ḥ[edio Rufo Lolliano Auito]
proco(n)s(ule) C(aio) Uibio Ga[ll]ịọ[ne Claudio Seuer]o leg(ato) pr[(o) pr(aetore)]



English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

The pool, increased in size at public expense and [decorated] with marbles and columns and also Cupids, was dedicated when Lucius [Hedius Rufus Lollianus Avitus] was proconsul [and] Caius Vibius Gallio Claudius Severus, legate with propraetorian powers.


L. Hedius Rufus Lollianus Avitus: PIR H 0040, https://pir.bbaw.de/id/6803

C. Vibius Gallio Claudius Severus: https://pir.bbaw.de/id/14367

Bibliography: IRT, 1952, 533, whence Thomasson, 1996 76b, IRT, 2009, 533, whence EDH 030811; discussed Guey, 1951b , whence AE 1952.177.a; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins, 1948 (Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR 48.XXX.13)

   Fig. 2. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 1281 Leica)