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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0633. Honours for L. Avillius Marsus

Description: Broken block (w: 1.35 x h: 0.51 x d: 0.35) of grey limestone.
Text: Inscribed on one face within a moulded panel (die, w: 1.18 x h: 0.35).
Letters: Rustic capitals: line 1, 0.08-0.09; line 2-3, 0.06-0.07.

Date: Second to third century CE

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: found on the East bank of the Wadi Lebdah, together with a large number of architectural and other fragments, apparently collected there for use in a tower of the fourth century wall.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Lepcis Museum.


L(ucio) Auillio C(aii) Auilli Casti f(ilio) Quir(ina tribu) Marso
expostulantibus uniuersis bigam ordo decr(euit)
pater piissimo f(ilio) hon(ore) cont(entus) sua pec(unia) fecit



English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

To Lucius Avillius Marsus, son of Caius Avillius Castus, of the Roman voting tribe Quirina; with the whole city calling for it the city council decreed a two-horse chariot; his father, satisfied with the honour, erected it at his own expense to a most dutiful son.

Bibliography: IRT, 1952, 633, whence IRT, 2009, 633, whence EDH 059486; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DLM 1544 Leica)