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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0868. Dedication to Jupiter Dolichenus

Description: altar (w: 0.57 x h: 0.78 x d: 0.60, height incomplete) of soft brown limestone.
Text: Inscribed on one face (die, w: 0.43 x h: 0.66).
Letters: Capitals, with many ligatures: 0.045.

Date: CE 198-210 (reign)

Findspot: Eastern Jabal: From a building in the centre of the ruins of the Roman road-station at Ain Wif (map ref. Q 643965, probably the classical Thanadassa), on the plateau above the spring.
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Tripoli Castle.


[I(oui)] O(ptimo) M(aximo) D(olicheno)
[pr]o salute et uictoria [dom-]
inor(um) nostror(um) impp(eratorum) L(uci) Sep[t(imi)]
Seueri Pii Pert(inacis) Aug(usti) et M(arci) Aurel[i]
5 Antonin(i) Aug(usti) Aug(usti) n(ostri) f(ili) et ⟦P̣(ubli)
S[eptimi Getae]⟧ Aug(usti) Aug(usti)
n(ostri) fil(i) Aug(usti) n(ostri) fratr(is) et Iuliae
Aug(ustae) matr(is) castr(orum) M(arcus) Caninius
Adiutor Faustinianus praef(ectus)
10 coh(ortis) II H(a)m(iorum) praep(ositus) uex(illationi) ⟦le[g(ionis)]
[III] ⟧ Aug(ustae) p(iae) U(indicis) aram po[su-]
it et dedicauit



6: P. Septimius Geta Erased after damnatio in 212.
10: H (a) m (iorum) HM or ligatured THM.

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

[To Jupiter], best, greatest, Dolichenian, for the safety and victory of our lords Lucius Septimius Severus Pius Pertinax Augustus and Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus, son of our Augustus, and Publius Septimius Geta (name erased) Augustus, son of our Augustus, brother of our Augustus, and Julia Augusta, mother of the camps; Marcus Caninius Adiutor Faustinianus, commander of the second cohort of Hamii, appointed in charge of the detachment of Legion III (figure erased) Augusta, pia, vindex, had the altar set up and dedicated it.

Bibliography: Goodchild and Ward-Perkins, 1949, 86, pi. XI, 4, whence AE 1950.126; IRT, 1952, 868, whence IRT, 2009, 868, whence EDH 021838; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins, 1948 (Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR 48.XII.19)

   Fig. 2. Ward-Perkins, 1948 (Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR 48.XII.18)