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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0544. Honours for L. Volusius Bassus Cerealis

Description: Moulded base (w: 0.68 x h: 1.22 x d: 0.55) of cream marble, with trophies carved in relief on the two side faces.
Text: Inscribed on the front within a moulded panel (die, w: 0.34 x h: 0.56) from which a previous inscription has been erased. There is an ivy leaf at the end of line 6.
Letters: Late third to fourth centuries lettering: 0.03-0.045.

Date: 290-294 CE (titulature)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Forum Severianum: Severan Basilica, in the East passage.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot


L(ucio) Uolusio Basso Cereali
c(larissimo) u(iro) legato totius
innocentiae et
aequitatis et consi-
5milis moderatio-
nis uiro ((leaf))
Lepcimagnenses ex de-
creto ordinis mu-
nicipi et patrono perpetuo



8: municipi(i) et patrono IRT, 1952; municipi patrono Lepelley, 1981a; i and e in ligature Degrassi A., 1954

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

To Lucius Volusius Bassus Carealis, splendid man (of senatorial status), legate, a man of complete innocence and equity and equally of moderation; the people of Lepcis Magna, in accordance with a decree of the council of the municipality, (scil. set this up) and to (scil. their) permanent patron .

French translation

Translation source: Lepelley, 1981a

(Lines 7-9) Les Lepcignensiens, à la suite d'un décret de l'ordo, à leur concitoyen patron perpétuel

Italian translation

Translation source: Tantillo-Bigi, 2010

A Lucius Volusius Bassus Cerealis, uomo chiarissimo, legato, uomo di completa innocenza e equità, nonché di pari moderazione, gli abitanti di Leptis Magna, per decreto dell’ordine, al proprio concittadino e patrono perpetuo.

English translation

Translation source: LSA, 2012

To Lucius Volusius Bassus Ceralis, of clarissimus rank, legate, a man of complete integrity and fairness as well as comparable moderation. The people of Lepcis Magna (Lepcimagnenses), by decree of the council (ordo) [set this up], to their fellow citizen and perpetual patron.


L. Volusius Bassus Caerealis: https://pir.bbaw.de/id/14665

Bibliography: IRT, 1952, 544, whence Degrassi A., 1954 116, whence Reynolds, 1955 144 Thomasson, 1996 78, IRT, 2009, 544; Lepelley, 1981a 4, whence AE 1982.925; Tantillo-Bigi, 2010, 24, whence LSA, 2012, 2170 (Tantillo and Bigi), EDH (Bigi, 2014) 031039 ; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections..


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (sopr. DLM 1526 Leica)

   Fig. 2. View: Tantillo, 2006 (DSCN2724)

   Fig. 3. Face: Tantillo, 2005

   Fig. 4. Face: Tantillo, 2006 (DSCN2723)