WP 0005

Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0915. Building dedication for Septimius Severus, Caracalla and Geta

Description: Broken panel (w: 1.28 x h: 0.80 x d: 0.50) of grey limestone.
Text: Inscribed within a moulded border.
Letters: Lapidary capitals: 0.07.

Date: CE 201: GODOT (titulature)

Findspot: Bu Njem: Fort from the East gate.
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) XI [co(n)s(uli)] II p(atri) p(atriae) et
Imp(eratori) Caes(ari) M(arco) A[urel(io)] Anto-
5nino Aug(usto) tr(ibunicia) p(otestate) [IIII et ⟦L(ucio)⟧ Sept(imio)]
⟦Getae⟧ Ca[es(ari) Au]g(usto) Q(uinto) Ani-
[c]i[o] Fausto leg(ato) Augg(ustorum) ⟦co(n)s(ulari) leg(ionis) ⟧ III ⟦ Aug(ustae) P(iae) U(indicis) ⟧



7: 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 eleven times, [consul] twice, father of the country, and to emperor Caesar Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus, holding tribunician power for the [fourth time, 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 consular).


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: IRT, 1952, 915, whence IRT, 2009, 915, whence EDH 059755; Rebuffat, 1973 102; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections.


   Fig. 1. 915, lines 3-7: Ward-Perkins, 1948 (Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR 48.II.22)

   Fig. 2. Above, 915; below, 916: Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DTV 56 Lastre)