WP 0005

Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

1154. Christian funerary text (Ain Zara cemetery)

Description: Tomb of rubble, with a plaster surface; w: 1.84 x h: 0.49 x d: 0.51, supported on a plinth w: 0.19.
Text: Inscribed with a stylus on the south face while the plaster was still fresh; the letters show traces of rubrication, and there are traces of lines beneath the writing. There are traces of a rubricated cross within a double circle on the east face.
Letters: Lines 1-3, 0.058-0.075; line 4, 0.048-0.062

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

Findspot: Tripoli: Ain Zara, cemetery, Tomb 14.
Original location: Findspot
Last recorded location: Findspot (1911-1914)


In oḳ ṭumulo iaket korpus b(one) m(emorie) Petrus
qui fuit suis amabilịs. Bixit in pake plus [min-]
ụs annos XXXVI. Recesit de ok sekulọ su[b ---]
sekunda indiktio XIII. ((crux))



English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

In this grave lies the body, Peter, of good memory, who was dear to his own. He lived in peace for more or less 36 years; he left this world on the second day of [?], indiction 13.

Bibliography: Aurigemma, 1932, 14 and fig.42, 43, 44; mentioned and indexed IRT, 1952, 261, whence mentioned IRT, 2009, 261


   Fig. 1. Facsimile, from a plaster cast.