WP 0005

Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

0988. Fragmentary Christian text

Description: Block of limestone (w: 0.86 x h: 0.45 x d: 0.40) broken and perhaps burnt on the left-hand of the face; inscribed on one face within an incised tabella ansata (originally 0.50 0.36); the surviving ansa is defined by two incised lines and encloses a cross with forked terminals; above it, at an angle, is a roughly incised palm branch; the centre of the panel is occupied by a large monogrammed cross (α, ω) with closed Ρ and forked terminals.
Text: Inscribed on one face within an incised tabella ansata; the surviving part of the inscription is cut (a) within the panel, above and below the right arm of the cross, and (b) outside the panel, in the triangle made by the right edge of the panel, the upper edge of the ansa and the palm branch.
Letters: Rough incised capitals: line 1, 0.025-0.04; line 2, 0.045; line 3, 0.03; line 4, 0.035; line 5, 0.03.

Date: Fifth-seventh centuries CE (context)

Findspot: Eastern Jabal: Al Khadra (Breviglieri Village); found by Mr. David Oates in the garden of Podere 137.
Original location: Said locally to have been brought to El-Khadra in the course of quarrying operations, from one of two sites on the ridge north of the Podere (map refs. M 089, 217 and M 084, 215).1.
Last recorded location: Tripoli Castle.


[Laus?] Deo
[---] Stiddin
[---]sa[ecolo?]rum[c. 2 - 3]


[---]SA[.....]RUM[c. 2 - 3]
. A .

English translation

Translation by: J. M. Reynolds

(a) [---] to God ?praise be to God [---] Stiddin [---]

(b) Not usefully translatable.

Bibliography: Reynolds, 1955, S.16 whence AE 1957.241, whence EDH 017456 IRT, 2009, 988.


None available (2021).