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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0624. Fragmentary honours

Description: Two blocks of grey limestone; the first one (w: 0.84 x h: 0.50 x d: 0.50) is badly weathered. The second one (w: 0.70 x h: 0.51 x d: 0.51), discovered since 1951, adjoins the previously found stone of this text at the left-hand end. There is a shallow cut-away on the right side at the back.
Text: Each block is inscribed on one face.
Letters: First block: Lapidary capitals: from top of block, 0.02; line 1, 0.02-0.105; line 2, 0.14-0.23; line 3, 0.255-0.34; line 4, 0.37-0.455; to bottom, 0.50. Second block: Lapidary capitals: from top of block, line 1, 0.02-0.11; line 2, 0.135-0.225; line 3, 0.25-0.34; line 4, 0.365-0.455; to bottom, 0.51.

Date: First to second century CE (lettering)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Forum Vetus, Temple of Rome and Augustus. The first block was found behind the Forum Vetus, west of the Byzantine Wall, near the sea-shore; the second block was found half-buried in sand between the same temple and the Byzantine sea-wall, in which it had probably been re-used.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot


[---]o Fronṭ[o]ni
[--- p]ontifici c̣[ol]oniae
-nus lato c̣[la]uo donauit
[---] diui Traia[n]i Parthici



The reconstruction proposed by Robinson (loc. cit.) is impossible; there are considerable differences in the size of the lettering in the various fragments used.

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

[---] to [---] Fronto [---] pontifex (priest) of the colony [---] he (probably Trajan) gave the broad purple band [---] of deified Trajan, victor in Parthia


Presumably Lepcis. Fronto has not been identified; but he appears to be the earliest known Senator of Lepcitanian origin.

Bibliography: Part reported by Robinson, 1913, 188 , whence AE, 1913.149; also copied by Halbherr, whence Paci, 1989 3; Cagnat and Merlin, 1923, 1 h; IRT, 1952, 624, with Reynolds, 1955, 132 whence AE 1957.238, IRT, 2009, 624, whence EDH 017450; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins, 1947 (Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR 47.XV.28)