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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0768. Apotropaic acclamation

Description: Apotropaic street sign (w: 1.24 x h: 0.59 x d: 0.50): within a tabella ansata, a phallic centaur with an enormous nose spearing an eye with a trident; grouped around the eye, a scorpion, a serpent and a bird.
Text: Inscribed in the upper part of the panel.
Letters: Capitals: 0.010-0.011

Date: First-third centuries CE (lettering)

Findspot: Lepcis Magna: Regio V, Theatre; found in the rear portico, loose beside street to north.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot


MAL ( vac. 1) ER



mal(us) er(as) or M(arci) Ualer(ii domus) Gasperini, 1988

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

(Not usefully translatable.)

Bibliography: IRT, 1952, 768, whence IRT, 2009, 768, whence EDH 009596; Gasperini, 1988 , whence AE 1988.1100; Laronde, 2005 181, whence AE 2005.1662; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins, 1948 (Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR 48.XII.27)

   Fig. 2. Face: Kenrick, 2008