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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0871. Fragmentary text

Description: Two blocks of limestone (w: 0.70 and w: 0.96 x h: 0.60 x d: 0.33
Text: Inscribed within a tabella ansata(die, w: 0.90 x h: 0.40, width incomplete) of which the right-hand end, on a third block, is missing. The inscribed surface is badly damaged.
Letters: Rough capitals: 0.035-0.04.

Date: First-fourth centuries CE

Findspot: Jabal Tarhuna: beside the ruins of a small ditched gasr at Sidi Sames (map ref. L 660010), 8 km. North East of Ain Wif, close to the Garian-Tarhuna track. Seen and transcribed in 1948 by Goodchild and Ward Perkins; re-examined by Reynolds
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Tripoli Castle.


In his [p]rediis [Li?]c̣ịṇ[i U]rbentị [Uic]ṭoris ẹx[st-]
ṛục̣ṭ[or]ịṣ ṭọ[c. 8]NI [c. 7]incursi[o-]
ni ḅạrbarorum seu gentiliụṃ [..]N[c. 4] -ẹṇṭị ṣ[uis]
inpensis c̣ọṇṣ[.]ṆTE [---]ḍẹc̣ẹṃ ẹṭ[---]
5quadragin[ta] ỊḌỊẠỊỊẸ[---]
[c. 7]ỌN[---]NẸ[c. 6]
[c. 6]ONỌ[---]TE[c. 6]
ịṇṣṭituịt Mel[..]rius ṣẹ[r?](uus) P̣[c. 10 et] aedefica[uit?]



8: L RNICIVITMEL Goodchild-Reynolds, 1976

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

On these prperties of ?Licinius ?Urbens Victor, builder . . . invasion by barbarians or foreigners . . . at his own cost ?ten (or a numbers in the teens) and forty . . . Mel-, servant? established . . . and built?

Bibliography: IRT, 1952, 871, whence IRT, 2009, 871; revised and improved, Goodchild-Reynolds, 1976 111-113, whence AE 1996.1697, EDH 050463; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins, 1948 (Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR 48.XII.28)

   Fig. 2. Ward-Perkins, 1948 (Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR 48.XII.29)

   Fig. 3. Ward-Perkins, 1948 (Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR 48.XII.30)