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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0878a. Fragmentary Christian text

Description: Lintel (width incomplete w: 1.70 x h: 0.43 x d: 0.60) of grey limestone, re-used as the upright of an olive-press; two slots have been cut in the inscribed face and the right-hand end is missing.
Text: Inscribed in two lines, each line within a recessed panel (w: 1.20 x h: 0.10), with simple, incised, linear ornament between the two panels. The lower panel ended in ansae, the right-hand one of which is missing; in the left-hand ansa Α Ω
Letters: Capitals: 0.07.

Date: First-fourth centuries CE

Findspot: Eastern Jabal: Umm el-Msareb; Seen by Romanelli in 1915, and rediscovered and copied by Oates in 1949, in the ruins of olive-presses, south-west of Ghlil (map ref. M 178278).
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot (1949)


[c. 8N]icomachi SN[c. 2 - 3]STRIS
IEBASCLUME instituenteṛ[c. 5 - 6]


[········.]ICOMACHISN[c. 2 - 3]STRIS

2: The last legible letter is possibly a B.

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

(Not usefully translatable, but perhaps line 1 contained the name Nicomachus.)

Bibliography: Described Romanelli, 1919, 29 (text not given); IRT, 1952, 878a, whence IRT, 2009, 878a, whence EDH 059725; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR

   Fig. 2. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR

   Fig. 3. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR

   Fig. 4. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. A. 594-6(?))

   Fig. 5. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR