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LSA-2169 Base for statue of Decimius Hesperius, former governor of Africa Proconsularis and judge appointed by the emperor. Lepcis Magna (Tripolitania). c. 378.

City: Lepcis Magna Province: Tripolitania Region: North Africa, Eastern (Tripolitania and Cyrenaica)
Details: Severan Forum, eastern part of the square
Current Location: Where found
Object: Base Material: Marble Re-Use? Yes
Form: Rectangular Height(cm): 145 Width(cm): 69 Depth(cm): 69
Language: Latin Text Type: Prose
Honorand: Hesperius Decimius, former governor of Africa Proconsularis and judge appointed by the emperor Position: Civilian Imperial Office-Holders Gender: Male
Awarder: Council (ordo) and people (populus) of Lepcis Magna Position: Provincial Cities, their Institutions and Officials
Earliest: 377 Latest : 378
Tantillo, I. and F. Bigi (eds.), Leptis Magna. Una città e le sue iscrizioni in epoca tardoromana, Cassino 2010, 350-353, no. 23, figs. 7.14, 10.27

Reynolds, J. M. & J. B. Ward-Perkins, The Inscriptions of Roman Tripolitania. In collaboration with S. Aurigemma, R. Bartoccini, G. Caputo, R. Goodchild, P. Romanelli, Roma 1952, no. 526

Text: (H)esperii v(iri) c(larissimi). / Decimio (H)esperio v(iro) c(larissimo), ex procon/sule provin(ciae) Africae, iudici / sacrarum cognitionum, /(5) prosapiae dignitatm (sic, for 'dignitatem') crescenti (sic, perhaps for 'accrescenti')) / per gradus et merita gloriar(um), / ob honorm (sic, for 'honorem') iustitiae quam / causae Tripolitanorum / deligatae (sic, for 'delegatae') sacro iudici(o) /(10) exhibuit, praestanti / patro(no), (vac. c.4) Lepcimagnen/sis cliens semper ordo / cum populo conlocavit.
Trans: [Statue of] Hesperius, of clarissimus rank. To Decimius Hesperius, of clarissimus rank, former governor (proconsul) of the province of Africa, judge in the imperial court of appeal, who enhances the dignity of his family through high offices and merits of glory; for the honour of the justice which he showed to the case of the Tripolitanians, that that was assigned [to him] by sacred decision [of the emperor], to the outstanding patron, the council of Lepcis Magna, forever his client, together with the people, set this up.