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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0894a. Fragmentary Christian building? inscription

Description: Monolithic arch (w: 1.37 x h: 0.82), outlined with a cable moulding and a rosette in each of the spandrels.
Text: Inscribed on the flat surface above the head of the arch.
Letters: Capitals, including late forms: line 1-3, 0.07; line 4, 0.05.

Date: Fourth-seventh centuries CE (content)

Findspot: Wādī Sawfajjīn: Gasr Giasia; seen and recorded by De Lisle in 1949, loose beside the well outside (east) in the Wadi Mimum Darragh, 10 km. East of Bir Dufan (map ref. R 8901).
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Findspot (1949)


Lauratianus [---]
fundamentạ instituerunt
IONPLEANTE filibus nepotibusque
[---]to fortun[---] adauget fabente Deo



3: So read by De Lisle; perhaps conpleante (sic) for complentibus.

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

Lauratianus [ and. . . ] established the foundations with his sons and grandsons [ . . . ] ?fortune (case unknown) [ . . . ] increases with God favouring (scil. ?us).

Bibliography: IRT, 1952, 894a, whence IRT, 2009, 894a, whence EDH 059738; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR