WP 0005

Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania 2021

1185. Christian funerary text (Ain Zara cemetery)

Description: Tomb of rubble, with a plaster surface, w: 1.36 x h: 0.36 x d: 0.48, supported on a plinth w: 0.06-0.10.
Text: Deeply incised with clear traces of rubrication on the south face of the coffin; there are double lines under each line of text.
Letters: No measurements.

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

Findspot: Tripoli: Ain Zara, cemetery, Tomb 45
Original location: Findspot
Last recorded location: Findspot (1911-1914)


[In ok t]umulolo iaket korpus bone memorie Iui-. [---]
[c. 5]ae plus minus anos plus minus; [---]
[c. 4] Recesit de ok sekulo sub die Dicenber



English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

[In this] tomb lies the body of Iui[ . . . He lived ?in peace] for more or less [ . . . ]; he left this world on a day in December.

Bibliography: Aurigemma, 1932, 45 and figs.103, 104; mentioned and indexed IRT, 1952, 261, whence mentioned IRT, 2009, 261


   Fig. 1. Drawing (Luigi Turba)