WP 0005

Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0914. Building dedication for Septimius Severus, Caracalla and Geta

Description: Panel (w: 1.57 x h: 0.57 x d: 0.15) of grey limestone, much weathered.
Text: Inscribed within a tabella ansata (die, 1.30 0.47).
Letters: Rough lapidary capitals with many ligatures: 0.065-0.075.

Date: CE 201: GODOT (titulature)

Findspot: Bu Njem: Fort; from the West gate (map ref. X 5206)
Original location: Unknown
Last recorded location: Tripoli Castle.


Imp(eratori) Caes(ari) L(ucio) Septimio Seuero
Pio Pert(inaci) Aug(usto) tr(ibunicia) p(otestate) IX imp(eratori) ( vac. ) co(n)s(uli) II p(atri) p(atriae) et
Imp(eratori) Caes(ari) M(arco) Aurel(io) Antonino
Aug(usto) tr(ibunicia) p(otestate) IIII et ⟦L(ucio)⟧ Sept(imio) ⟦[Getae]⟧ Caes(ari) Aug(usto)
5 Q(uinto) Anicio Fausto leg(ato) Augg(ustorum) co(n)s(ulari) ⟦ [leg(ionis)] [III Aug(ustae) P(iae) U(indicis)]⟧



2: There is a space left blank for the number of imperial salutations.
5: Titles erased after the damnatio of the legion in 238.

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

To emperor Caesar Lucius Septimius Severus Pius Pertinax Augustus, holding tribunician power for the ninth time, acclaimed victor? times, consul twice, father of the country, and to emperor Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus, holding tribunician power for the fourth time, consul, and to Lucius (erased) Septimius Geta (erased) Caesar Augustus set up under Quintus Anicius Faustus, legate of the Augusti, consular commander of legion III Augusta, Pia, Vindex (erased from legion).


Quintus Anicius Faustus: PIR A 0595, https://pir.bbaw.de/id/1300

One of the four inscriptions over the gates of the camp: 914, 915, 916, 1030

Bibliography: CIL VIII suppl.1, 1891., 10992; Bartoccini, 1928a, 50, with fig; IRT, 1952, 914, whence IRT, 2009, 914, whence EDH 059754; Rebuffat, 1973 103; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. B. 1986)

   Fig. 2. Above, 913; below, 914: Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. B. 1985)

   Fig. 3. Above: 913; below, from left: 872, 914, 654: Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR