103. Honours for Flavius Vivus Benedictus
- Moulded altar (w: 0.65 x h: 1.13 x d: 0.45) of grey limestone, re-used upside down as a base.
- The front face is re-inscribed within a moulded panel (die, w: 0.41 x h: 0.80) from which a previous inscription has been erased; one line was cut above the die on the damaged border of the upper moulding. Right side, below, a knife and axe in relief within a moulded panel; above three lines inscribed on the border of the upper margin in the same style as the inscription on the front. Left side, a jug in relief within a moulded panel.
- a) On the front face. Fourth century A.D. capitals: l. 1, 0.045; ll. 2- 19, 0.03; l. 20, 0.045. b) On top right border. Fourth century A.D.: 0.02.
- A.D. 378 (reign, titulature)
- Sabratha: Basilica, found in the sixth century paving of the later church.
- Original Location:
- Last recorded location:
- Standing near the Basilica.
- Not previously published. This edition taken from J. M. Reynolds and J. B. Ward-Perkins, The Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania, Rome: British School at Rome, 1952.
- Text constituted from:
- Transcription (Reynolds, Ward-Perkins)
totius integritatis modera-
tionis iustitiae prouisionis
fidei benignitatis fortitudinis
5ac beneficentiae uiro Fl(auio) Viuio
Benedicto u(iro) p(erfectissimo) praesidi prou(inciae) Tripol(itanae)
inter cetera beneficia sua quibus
omnem prouinciam conpendiis re-
mediis et uirtutibus fouit suble
10uabit erexit etiam ob ea quae sibi
specialiter conlata sunt ciuitas
Sabrathensis exsultans quod po
st ruinam et abnegatum therma-
rum populo exercitium citra ullius
15dispendium ornamentis patriae
reuocauit ordo populusque
concinentibus omnibus uo-
tis statuam patrono pr(a)estan-
tissimo gratanti studio
b.2, CONSS. DD. NN.
a. [In honour of Flavius Vivius Benedictus,] excellent [man] (i.e. of equestrian status). To a man of complete integrity, moderation, justice, foresight, good faith, generosity, courage and beneficence, Flavius Vivus Benedictus, excellent man(i.e. of equestrian status), governor of the province of Tripolitania; among the other generous acts by which he cherished, assisted and improved the whole province, the city of Sabratha honours him also on account of those specifically conferred on itself; they are delighted that, when the Baths had fallen down so that the people could not use them he restored them without expense to anyone, and they are now among the ornaments of the country. The city-council and people, voting unanimously, set up the statue to an outstanding patron with enthusiastic gratitude.
(b) Dedicated on the 28th July, when our lords the Augusti were consuls, Valens for the sixth time and Valentinian for the second.
a. 12-13: post ruinam: erhaps since the sack of the city by the Austuriani, c. 363-5 (Introduction - Sabratha, Section 3).
b.3 28th July 378.