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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0630. Honours for M. Aemilius Rufinus

Description: Marble base (w: 0.92 x h: 1.52 x d: 0.95), with moulded panels originally on all four sides, when 630 was inscribed on what is now the right face, uniform with 628, 629. The face to the right of that was cut away when 568 was inscribed on the left face, which became the front.
Text: Inscribed on the front face within a moulded panel (die, w: 0.35 x h: 0.58). A part of the text has been deliberately erased, presumably when 568 was inscribed on the left-hand face and the base was re-centered.
Letters: Second century CE capitals: 0.05.

Date: Second century CE (lettering)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Regio V, Punic Market, in the entrance from the Main Street.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot


⟦ M(arco) Aemilio
Pap(iria tribu) Ṛufino
C(aii) Ae[m]ili Rufini f(ilio)
Aemilia Uictrix
5 mater f(ilio) piissimo⟧
⟦perm⟧issu splendidissi-
mi ordinis sua
pecunia posu⟦it⟧



English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

To Marcus Aemilius Rufinus, of the Roman voting tribe Papiria, son of Caius Aemilius Rufinus; Aemilia Victrix his mother, set this up at her own expense to a most dutiful son, with the permission (text erased to here) of the most splendid city council.

Bibliography: IRT, 1952, 630, whence IRT, 2009, 630, whence EDH 059483; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. CLM 321)

   Fig. 2. View: Tantillo (2008)

   Fig. 3. Back and right side: Tantillo (2008)

   Fig. 4. Top: Tantillo, 2008 (P1050916)

   Fig. 5. 568 and 630: Tantillo, 2008 (P1050921)