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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0944. Milestone. Mile LXXXIIII. Caracalla.

Description: Columnar milestone of limestone in three fragments, of which the top and bottom portions are recorded by Goodchild, and the central portion 0.385 (now missing) was seen by Bartoccini in 1927. (h: 0.90 x diam.: 0.35).
Text: Inscribed on the shaft: lines 1-5 on the upper fragment, 6-10 on the middle fragment, 11 following on the lower part.
Letters: Irregular, 0.03-0.04.

Date: CE 216: GODOT (internal date)

Findspot: Central Road to the Fezzan, Oea-Mizda area: 128km from Tripoli. A short distance South of the Wadi Gani and 100 m. East of the modern road, where there are three bases in situ.
Original location: Findspot
Last recorded location: Findspot


( vac. ) Imp(eratori) Caes(ari) ( vac. )
( vac. ) diui Septimi ( vac. )
[Seu]eri [Pii Ar]ab-
[ici Adiabenici Parth(ici)]
5[max(imi)] Brit(annici) max(imi) fil(io)
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Pii Germ(- - -)anici Sarm(- - -)atici nepo[ti]
{Pii} Antonini Pii
pronep(oti) diui Had-
riani abnepo[ti]
10diui Traiani Parthi[ci]
et diui Neruae AD
( vac. ) adnepoti ( vac. )
( vac. ) M(arco) Aurelio Anto - ( vac. )
nino Pio Felici Aug(usto)
15Parthi(co) max(imo) Brit(annico)
max(imo) Ger(manico) max(imo) tr(ibunicia) pot(estate)
XVIIII imp(eratori) III co(n)s(uli) IIII
( vac. ) p(atri) p(atriae) proco(n)s(uli) ( vac. )
mil(iarium) n(umero) LXXXIIII


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English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

To emperor Caesar, son of deified Septimius Severus, Pius, victor in Arabia, victor in Adiabene, greatest victor in Parthia, greatest victor in Britannia, [grandson of deified Antoninus] Pius, victor in Germany, victor in Sarmatia, great grandson of deified Antoninus Pius, great great grandson of deified Hadrian, great great great grandson of deified Trajan, victor in Parthia and of deified Nerva, Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Pius Felix Augustus, greatest victor in Parthia, greatest victor in Britannia, greatest victor in Germany, chief priest, holding tribunician power for the nineteenth time, acclaimed victor three times, consul four times, father of the country, proconsul. Milestone 84.

Bibliography: IRT, 1952, 944, without transcription, whence IRT, 2009, 944; Lines 1-5, and 11following, Goodchild, 1948, 17, page 16, whence EDH 059782; with lines 6-10, Bartoccini, 1948, 153; for BSR images see BSR Digital Collections..


   Fig. 1. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DTV 366 Leica)

   Fig. 2. Ward-Perkins Archive, BSR (Sopr. DTV 367 Leica)