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Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

1174. Christian funerary text (Ain Zara cemetery)

Description: Tomb of rubble, with a plaster surface, w: 1.62 x h: 0.57 x d: 0.66, supported on a plinth w: 0.12-0.15.
Text: Carefully incised and rubricated on the south face of the coffin, with a double line painted between the lines.
Letters: Irregular: line 1, 0.07-0.085; lines 2-3, 0.06-0.07; line 4, 0.055

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

Findspot: Tripoli: Ain Zara, cemetery, Tomb 34
Original location: Findspot
Last recorded location: Findspot (1911-1914)


((crux)) Ịṇ ọḳ tuṃulọ [iaket] kọṛ[pus ḅ(one) m(emorie)? Sil?-]
ụẹṣṭṛịṣ. bixit in pake plus miṇụṣ ạṇṇọṣ X̣X̣X̣;
[Rekesit d]ẹ ọḳ s<e>culo sub die mensis Mart(ius) V i<n>dik-
[tio c. 6]ima ( vac. )



English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

In this tomb lies the body of [Sil]vester, of good memory. He lived in peace for more or less 30 years; he left this world on day 5 of month March, indiction [?]

Bibliography: Aurigemma, 1932, 34 and fig.85; mentioned and indexed IRT, 1952, 261, whence mentioned IRT, 2009, 261


   Fig. 1. Facsimile, from a cast