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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0559. Honours for Aurelius Sempronius Serenus

Description: The upper part of a rectangular base (w: 0.46 x h: 0.40 x d: 0.43, height incomplete) of white marble once inscribed on all four sides. 558 is inscribed on the opposite face. Two sides subsequently erased.
Text: On the front Inscribed within a moulded panel (die, w: 0.32), the first line is cut above the die.
Letters: Fourth century CE capitals 0.035. line 1 is decapitated.

Date: Late third to early fourth century CE (prosopography)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: , Forum Severianum, in the second taberna north of the entrance to the Basilica.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot


( vac. ) Dulc̣ịṭị ( vac. )
( vac. 1 line)
Aur(elio) ((stop)) Sempronio Sereno ((stop))
eq(uiti) ((stop)) R(omano) ((stop)) principali Alexandr(iae)
ob insigne et admirabile
5studiorum ingenium
praeter decc(urionatuum) honorem
[e]t statuam apud se conloc(atam)
[e]ṭịạṃ apud Lepcimag-
[nenses ---]



1: Ḍuṛp̣ii IRT, 1952; Dulc̣ịṭị Pugliese-Carratelli, 2003
6: dec(urionatus) IRT, 1952
7/8: conloc/[atam] apud IRT, 1952

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

(scil. In honour) of Durpius. To Aurelius Sempronius Severus, Roman Knight, leading citizen of Alexandria, on account of the distinguished and admirable quality of his activities, in addition to tenures of the decurionate and a statue set up in his own city, among the people of Lepcis Magna [---]

Italian translation

Translation source: Tantillo-Bigi, 2010

Dulcitius! Ad Aurelius Sempronius Serenus, cavaliere romano, principalis di Alessandria, per il suo insigne e mirabile ingegno negli studi, oltre all’onore dei decurionati e alla statua collocata presso di sé, (anche) presso gli abitanti di Leptis Magna . . .

English translation

Translation source: LSA, 2012

(Statue of) Dulcitius. To Aurelius Sempronius Serenus, Roman knight, principalis of Alexandria, on account of the distinguished and admirable genius in studies, in addition to the honour of the decurionates and the statue that was set up among themselves, also at Lepcis Magna . . .


Aurelius Sempronius Serenus, signo Dulcitius: PLRE I, Serenus 3

Bibliography: IRT, 1952, 559, whence IRT, 2009, 559; Pugliese-Carratelli, 2003 13.b, whence AE 2003.197; Tantillo, 2006 407-410, Tantillo-Bigi, 2010, 52, whence LSA, 2012, 2198 (Tantillo and Bigi), EDH (Bigi, 2014) 045503; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections..


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. CLM 936)

   Fig. 2. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 1548 Leica)

   Fig. 3. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 1550 Leica)

   Fig. 4. View: Tantillo, 2008 (P1050677)

   Fig. 5. Face: Tantillo, n.d.

   Fig. 6. Face and right side: Tantillo, 2008

   Fig. 7. Left side: Tantillo, 2008