WP 0005

Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

1167. Christian funerary text (Ain Zara cemetery)

Description: Tomb of rubble, with a plaster surface; w: 1.68 x h: 0.33 x d: 0.56, supported on a plinth w: 0.11-0.12.
Text: Deeply incised and rubricated, on the south face: lines 1-4 on the tomb and line 5 (1.31 long) on the plinth below; there are traces of a double line painted between the lines. There is a cross within a circle on the east face, .
Letters: Very irregular: line 1, 0.06-0.075; line 2, 0.066-0.082; line 3, 0.058-0.082; line 4, 0.052-0.085; line 5, 0.061-0.092

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

Findspot: Tripoli: Ain Zara, cemetery, Tomb 27.
Original location: Findspot
Last recorded location: Findspot (1911-1914)


[fuit su]is ạṃạḅịḷịṣ. Ḅixit ịṇ
p̣ạḳe plus minus annos XXXVII
Rekesit de ok s(e)k(u)lo sub die mensis Iuli-
us XXVII indiktio III. Requiem eternam
5dedet tibi D(omi)n(u)s. Qui leget dikat amen.



English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

. . . was ] lovable [to his own]. He lived in peace for more or less 37 years; he left this world on day 27 of the month July, indiction 3. May the Lord grant you rest eternal. May whoever reads (scil. this) say Amen.

Bibliography: Aurigemma, 1932, 27 and figs.65, 66, 67; mentioned and indexed IRT, 1952, 261, whence mentioned IRT, 2009, 261


   Fig. 1. Facsimile, from a cast

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