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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

1141. Christian funerary text (Ain Zara cemetery)

Description: Tomb of rubble, with a plaster surface w: 1.65 x h: 0.64 x d: 0.50, supported on a plinth w: 2.86 x d: 0.86.
Text: Inscribed i on the south face of the coffin, ii on the lower rim. There are images of two fish on the north face, of a cross with animals on the east face.
Letters: 0.67-84

Date: Fifth-sixth century CE (context, lettering)

Findspot: Tripoli: Ain Zara, cemetery, Tomb 1.
Original location: Findspot
Last recorded location: Findspot (1911-1914)


[c. 9]ENENSU amabilis sui<s> pectore
[carus, quem] atra dies abstulit; bixit in pa-
[ce plus] ṃịnụṣ anos XXV; recessit de oc secolo
[sub] die Nobembris indictio prima decemạ
Requiem eternam de<t> tibi D(omi)n(u)s et lux | perpetua | lucea<t> tibi; exaudia<t> te D(omi)n(u)s in die [tribula | tionis et pro]tega<t> | te nom(en) D<e>i



English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

(i): . . . ] lovable to his own and dear to our heart, whom a black day took away. He lived in peace for more or less 25 years; he left this world on ?the tenth day of November, first indiction.

(ii): May the Lord grant you rest eternal, and may light perpetual shine for you; may the Lord listen to you in the day of trial, and may the name of God protect you.

Bibliography: Aurigemma, 1932, 1 and figs.19, 20; mentioned and indexed IRT, 1952, 261, whence mentioned IRT, 2009, 261


   Fig. 1. a: from a plaster cast

   Fig. 2. b: from a plaster cast

   Fig. 3. North face (Luigi Turba)

   Fig. 4. East face (Luigi Turba)