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M.224. Mile V: Milestone of Trajan

Description: Upper part of a limestone column. (h: 0.98 x diam.: 0.44).
Text: Inscribed on the face.
Letters: Line 1, 0.09; line 2, 0.07; lines3-6, 0.06; lines 7-8, 0.05.

Date: CE 100

Findspot: Gebel Akhdar: East of Cyrene: Beside the Cyrene to Apollonia road, on the north side of the modern road, a short distance east of the Casa Cantoniera at Sambar, beside two milestone stumps; found in 1955.
Original location: Cyrene to Apollonia Road, Mile 5.
Last recorded location: Cyrene Museum


Imp(erator) Caesar diui
Nervae f(ilius), Nerva Traia-
nus Aug(ustus) Germanicus, p(ontifex) m(aximus),
trib(unicia) pot(estate) IIII, co(n)s(ul) III p(ater) p(atriae) uiam
5fecit per tirones lectos
in prouincia Cyrenensi
Αὐτοκράτωρ Καῖσαρ, θεοῦ Νέρβα
[υἱός, Νέρβα Τραϊανὸ]ς Σεβαστὸς
[Γερμανικός, ἀρχιερεὺς] μέγιστος,


[.................]Σ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ

English translation

Translation by: Charlotte Roueché

(Latin): Emperor Caesar, son of deified Nerva, Nerva Trajan, Augustus, victor in Germania, Chief Priest, holding tribunician power for the fourth time, consul for the third time, father of the country, made the road using recruits raised in the province of Cyrenaica.

(Greek): Emperor Caesar, [son of ] deified Nerva,[ Nerva Trajan], Augustus, [victor in Germania], Chief [Priest . . .


For texts recording Trajan's work on the roads see, for the Cyrene to Apollonia Road, C.609, M.222, M.224, and, a later text, M.227; for the Cyrene to Ptolemais road see M.196 and M.200.

Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. Face, left side

   Fig. 2. Face, right side