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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

1161. Christian funerary text (Ain Zara cemetery)

Description: Tomb of rubble, with a plaster surface; w: 1.94 x h: 0.60 x d: 0.44, supported on a plinth w: 0.13.
Text: Inscribed on the south face; there are crosses on the west and east faces
Letters: 0.055-0.075, average 0.060

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

Findspot: Tripoli: Ain Zara, cemetery, Tomb 21.
Original location: Findspot
Last recorded location: Findspot (1911-1914)


[In] ọḳ tumulo iaket korpus b(o)n(ae) m(emoriae) RuỊỊ[---pectore? ca?-]
rus qui p̣ẹr gladium indomitem okisuṃ. ḅịx̣ịṭ ịṇ pake plus ṃịṇụṣ
annos XXV Rekessit de ok sekulo sub die VI m(ensis) Dekember indiktio
XIII amen ((crux))



English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

In this grave lies the body, Rull[- . .. ], of good memory, [dear to our heart], who was killed by an irresistible sword. He lived in peace for more or less 35 years; he left this world on day 6 of the month of December, indiction 13. Amen.

Bibliography: Aurigemma, 1932, 21 and figs.55, 56, 57, whence AE 1933.220, Gagé, 1937 , whence mentioned AE 1937, p.68-9, whence EDH 024090; mentioned and indexed IRT, 1952, 261, whence mentioned IRT, 2009, 261,


   Fig. 1. Facsimile, from a plaster cast

   Fig. 2. West face: facsimile, from a plaster cast

   Fig. 3. East face: facsimile, from a plaster cast