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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0534. Building inscription for the proscaenium of the Theatre

Description: a) Marble balustrade blocks from the lowest order of each of the six projecting elements of the scaenae frons of the Theatre (surviving length, together w: 29.42).
Text: Inscribed on one face.
Letters: Lapidary capitals: 0.13-0.18.

Date: 157/8 CE (prosopography)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Regio V, Theatre. Found fallen and re-used as steps.
Original location: Theatre: proscaenium
Last recorded location: Restored to their original position.


| columnis [e]t marmoribus
| ex (sestertiis) CC a Marcio Uitale itemque ex (sestertiis) CCC a Iunio Galba in eam rem
|[datis item]
|[tetrastylis] lac[u]naṛ[um]
|pec(unia) publ(ica) exornatum dedicatum est L(ucio) Hedio Rufọ [Lo]lliano Auito
| proco(n)s(- - -)(ule) C(aio) Uibio Gallione Clau
|dio Seue[ro] leg(ato)



1: Vertical lines indicate the interrupting bays.
1.iii: CC and CCC Degrassi A., 1954
1.iv: [datis item] Di Vita, 1989
1.v: [tetrastylis] lac[u]naṛ[um] : [---]NA[------]LAC[---] IRT, 1952 published as 534.b, corrected by Di Vita

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

The theatre-stage was decorated with columns and marbles by Marcius Vitalis who spent 200,000 sesterces, and Junius Galba who spent 300,000 sesterces of public money on the work; it was dedicated when Lucius Hedius Rufus Lollianus Avitus was proconsul, [and] Caius Vibius Gallio Claudius Severus, was his legate.


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: Caputo, 1950a 166-167, whence AE 1951.86; Guey, 1951b 311-315, whence AE 1952.177.b; IRT, 1952, 534, Degrassi A., 1954 , whence Reynolds, 1955 143, whence IRT, 2009, 534; Di Vita, 1989 , whence AE 1990.1030; EDH (Bigi, 2014) 025086; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 301 Leica)

   Fig. 2. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 302 Leica)

   Fig. 3. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 303 Leica)

   Fig. 4. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 304 Leica)

   Fig. 5. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 232 Leica)

   Fig. 6. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 518 Leica)

   Fig. 7. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 1519 Leica)

   Fig. 8. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR

   Fig. 9. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 481 Leica)

   Fig. 10. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 703 Leica)

   Fig. 11. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 1519 Leica)

   Fig. 12. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 1517 Leica)