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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0657. Funerary inscription for Philippus

Description: Prism-shaped stele (w: 0.22 x h: 0.63 x d: 0.35) of grey-brown limestone, broken above and at the left-hand side.
Text: Inscribed on one face within a moulded panel (die, w: 0.13 x h: 0.37; width incomplete).
Letters: Late form of Rustic capitals: 0.02-0.035.

Date: Third century CE (lettering)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Gasr Geladieh, in the mausoleum south of the city.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Lepcis Museum.


[Ph]il(i)ppus libra-
[r]ius notarius
[rat]iocinator n(u)m-
[er]arius omni-
5[bus] his consuṃ-
[p]tus uixit an-
[nos] XXVII sine
[ulla m]acula
[---] pater fi-
10[lio piiss]imo fecit



3: n (u) m As cut, the V resembles an I.

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

Philippus, secretary, shorthand writer, accountant, arithmetician; exhausted by all these (scil. functions), he lived for twenty-seven years without any fault [---], his father had this made for a most dutiful son.

Bibliography: Relazioni di Scavo, 10.1.34; IRT, 1952, 657, whence IRT, 2009, 657, whence EDH 059509; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins, 1948 (Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR 48.XV.18)