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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0579. Honours for Aemilia Lychnis Clementilla

Description: Moulded base (w: 0.58 x h: 1.81 x d: 0.61), tall and unusually slender, of brown limestone, with rudimentary acroteria.
Text: Inscribed on one face within a moulded panel (die, w: 0.36 x h: 0.56).
Letters: Rustic capitals: 0.035.

Date: Third quarter of the third century CE (prosopography)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Regio V, Punic Market, in the North East Portico.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot


Aemiliae Lychnidi
Clementillae Aemili
Arriani Caeciliani duo-
uiralici pontif(icis) filiae
5L(ucius) Uolusius Gallus eq(ues) R(omanus)
pontifex duouiralis
fl(amen) p(er)p(etuus) ob insignem adfec-
tionis castitatem matri
Uolusiorum Appianillae
10Bassi et Cerealis fill(iorum) suo-
rum permissu s(plendidissimi) o(rdinis) posuit



English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

To Aemilia Lychnis Clementilla, daughter of Aemilius Arrianus Caecilianus, ex-duumvir and pontifex (priest); Lucius Volusius Gallus, Roman knight, pontifex (priest), ex-duumvir, perpetual flamen (priest), set this up on account of the outstanding morality of her disposition, mother of the Volusii Appianilla, Bassus and Cerialis, her children, with permission of the most splendid city-council.

Italian translation

Translation source: Tantillo-Bigi, 2010

Ad Aemilia Lychnis Clementilla, figlia di Aemilius Arrianus Caecilianus, ex duoviro, pontefice, Lucius Volusius Gallus, cavaliere romano, pontefice, ex duoviro, flamine perpetuo, per la di lei insigne castità negli affetti, madre dei Volusi Appianilla, Bassus e Cerealis, suoi figli, per permesso dello splendidissimo ordine, pose.

English translation

Translation source: LSA, 2012

To Aemilia Lychnis Clementilla, daughter of Aemilius Arrianus Caecilianus, former duovir, pontifex. L(ucius) Volusius Gallus, Roman knight, former duovir, pontifex, perpetual flamen, on account of the remarkable chasteness of her disposition, to the mother of the Volusii, Appianilla, Bassus and Cerealis, his children, set this up by permission of the most splendid council (ordo).

Bibliography: IRT, 1952, 579, whence IRT, 2009, 579; Tantillo-Bigi, 2010, 48, whence LSA, 2012, 2194 (Tantillo and Bigi), EDH (Bigi, 2014) 059440; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections..


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 1605 Leica)

   Fig. 2. View: Tantillo (2008)

   Fig. 3. Front face: Tantillo (2005)

   Fig. 4. Front and right faces: Tantillo (2008)

   Fig. 5. Left and front faces: Tantillo (2008)

   Fig. 6. Back: Tantillo (2008)

   Fig. 7. Top: Tantillo, 2008 (P1050953)