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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0595. Honours for T. Flauius Vibianus Iunior

Description: On the reverse face of 476. Marble base surviving fragment: w: 0.23 x h: 0.19 x d: 0.47.
Text: Inscribed on one face, within a moulded panel: on the surviving fragment the die is w: 0.14 x h: 0.17.
Letters: Fourth century CE capitals: 0.035.

Date: Earlier fourth century (prosopography)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: recorded at Lepcis in 1691 and again in 1731
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Lepcis Museum (surviving fragment)


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Dignissimo principali
innocentissimo puero
T(ito) Flauio Uibiano iuniori

5poṇṭịfici du<u>muiro filio ac
collegaẹ T(iti) Flaui Frontini
Heraclii in paruulis annis
exibenti aequaliter
uoluptatum genera patris
10sui stuḍiis populi sufragio
et decreto ordinis




5-6: filio / ac colleg(a)e IRT, 1952

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

(scil. In honour) of Heraclius. To a most worthy citizen, a most innocent youth, Titus Flavius Vibianus Junior, pontifex (priest), duumvir, son and colleague of Titus Flavius Frontinus Heraclius, presenting when still a child, the kinds of delightful shows, no less than his father; set up by the vote of the people and decree of the city council.

Italian translation

Translation source: Tantillo-Bigi, 2010

Heraclius! Degnissimo principalis, giovane innocentissimo, a Titus Flavius Vibianus iunior, pontefice, duoviro, figlio e collega di Titus Flavius Frontinus Heraclius, che negli anni della prima gioventu ha offerto, contribuendo in parti eguali (col padre), (diversi) tipi di spettacoli, per desiderio di suo padre, per suffragio del popolo e per decreto dell’ordine.

English translation

Translation source: LSA, 2012

Statue of Heraclius. To the most worthy principalis, most blameless boy, Titus Flavius Vibianus the younger, priest, duovir, son and colleague of Titus Flavius Frontinus Heraclius; who, while still a young man, displayed delightful spectacles [contributing] in equal part [with his father]; through the zeal of his father, by acclamation of the people, and by decree of the council (ordo) [this was set up].


T. Flauius Frontinus, signo Heraclius: PLRE I, Frontinus 5; PIR F 0274a; https://pir.bbaw.de/id/6088

T. Flavius Vibianus, signo Heraclius: PLRE I, Vibianus 2; https://pir.bbaw.de/id/6274

Bibliography: CIL VIII, 1881 14, with CIL VIII suppl.1, 1891. 10994; CIL VIII, suppl.4, 1916 22673; see also 10994; IRT, 1952, 595, whence IRT, 2009, 595; Lower left corner published as IRT, 1952, 652, whence IRT, 2009, 652; Assembled, with a further fragment found in 2005, Tantillo-Bigi, 2010, 55, whence LSA, 2012, 2201 (Tantillo and Bigi), EDH (Bigi, 2014) 059370; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Fragments assembled, drawing: Bigi (2009)

   Fig. 2. Fragments assembled: Tantillo (2005)

   Fig. 3. Lower left corner fragment: Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 241 Lastre)

   Fig. 4. Fragment without edges: Tantillo (2004)