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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

1166. Christian funerary text (Ain Zara cemetery)

Description: Tomb of rubble, with a plaster surface; w: 2.00 x h: 0.48 x d: 0.45, supported on a plinth w: 0.17.
Text: Incised on the south face, with horizontal lines beneath each line; there is a design of two facing peacocks on the north face, w: 1.67 x h: 0.41.
Letters: No measurements

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

Findspot: Tripoli: Ain Zara, cemetery, Tomb 26.
Original location: Findspot
Last recorded location: Findspot (1911-1914)


Ịṇ ọḳ ṭụmulo ịạḳẹt korp[us] ḅ(one) m(emorie) Esidori q[ui fuit suis amabilis?].
p̣ẹḳtore k{ḷ}ara qui fẹbriuṃ dịeṣ abstu{i}lit[---]
( vac. ) anṇọṣ
ΔII Rekessit de ok seḳụlo ṣuḅ [die] mensi[s---]



English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

In this grave lies the body of Esidorus, of good memory, [who was lovable to his own] with a dear heart, whom a day of fevers took away. [ . . . ] years; he left this world on day of the month [ . . .


For the layout see discussion by Aurigemma.

Bibliography: Aurigemma, 1932, 26 and figs.63, 64; mentioned and indexed IRT, 1952, 261, whence mentioned IRT, 2009, 261


   Fig. 1. Drawing (Luigi Turba)

   Fig. 2. North face: facsimile, from a cast