WP 0005

Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0906. Funerary inscription

Description: Lintel, probably of a tomb, inscribed within a tabella ansata; the last line is cut on the lower border. Dimensions not recorded.
Text: Inscribed within a tabella ansata; the last line is cut on the lower border.
Letters: Rough capitals.

Date: First-fourth centuries CE (context)

Findspot: Wadi Zemzem: Wadi Umm el-Agerem (map ref. W 6376 approx.) Photographed in situ by Giorgini, a photographer who travelled with the Italian army.
Original location: Findspot
Last recorded location: Findspot (2003); there is a cast in the museum at Bani Walid


Thanubda ubyne Nasif felu mynꞩ-
yfth [l]yMaꞩauchan byn Iylul
bydinario yl (denariis) ↀ ↀ Ↄ fy ly-
thychleth uybyny Annobal



English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

(Not usefully translatable)

English translation

Translation source: Elmayer, 1997

Thanubda and his son Nasif have made a stele for Masauchan son of IYLUL with a sum of 2100 denars (which) they paid for the accomplishment, and the builder Annobal added 1000 and (sum?) in association with Anachulam.

English translation

Translation source: Kerr, 2010

Thanubda and Nasif's sons made (scil. this) mausoleum [fo]r Mastauchan the son of Iylul, paying in coin d. 2100 fo(lles) as expenses and its builder(?) Annobal [ . . .

Bibliography: Described: IRT, 1952, 906, without transcription, whence IRT, 2009, 906, whence EDH 059747; Elmayer, 1984 103-4, Elmayer, 1997, 54; Transcribed Kerr, 2010, 222 (where see bibliography); for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR

   Fig. 2. Sketch after a poor photograph (from IRT p. 224)