WP 0005

Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0590ad. Building inscriptions for benches

Description: Four similar market-benches of grey limestone, roughly uniform with one another and with IRT 590ef, IRT 590g, IRT 590h, IRT 590i, (av. w: 1.90 x h: 0.20 x d: 0.52).
Text: Inscribed on the front edge within a moulded border (die, w: 1.65 x h: 0.05).
Letters: Irregular first century CE capitals: 0.045.

Date: First century CE (lettering)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Regio V, Market. One of them was found re-used as a step in the main entrance to the Turkish hospital in Homs (Aurigemma, loc. cit.).
Original location: Between the columns of the octagonal limestone building
Last recorded location: Replaced in position.


Ti(berius) Cl(audius) Amicus, M(arcus) Heliodorius Apollonides aed(iles) mensas p(ecunia) s(ua) d(ono) d(ederunt)



English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

Tiberius Claudius Amicus and Marcus Heliodorius Apollonides, aediles, gave the tables at their own expense.

Bibliography: Aurigemma, 1939, 91; Degrassi N., 1945 11-12; IRT, 1952, 590.a-d, whence IRT, 2009, 590.a-d, whence EDH 059449; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections..


   Fig. 1. From left: Above: 749, 722; below 590ad, 314: Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. B. 832)

   Fig. 2. a-d: Ward-Perkins, 1947 (Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR 47.XI.20)

   Fig. 3. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. CLM 46)

   Fig. 4. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. CLM 146)