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E04746: Very small fragment of a Latin inscription (epitaph?) possibly referring to a saint (or a titulus of a saint). Found on the surface, by the Cemetery of Callistus, on the via Appia, Rome. Probably 5th c.

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posted on 2018-01-29, 00:00 authored by pnowakowski
[- - -]na qu[- - -]
[- - -] s(an)c̅(t- - -) [- - -]
[- - -]

'[- - -] which (?) [- - -] saint (?) [- - -].'

Text: ICVR, n.s., IV, no. 11677y = EDB40142.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Saints, name lost or very partially preserved : S01744

Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Funerary inscriptions


  • Latin

Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Rome and region

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Suburban catacombs and cemeteries

Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Suburban catacombs and cemeteries Rome Rome Roma Ῥώμη Rhōmē

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified

Cult activities - Places Named after Saint

  • Other

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Bequests, donations, gifts and offerings

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - lesser clergy


Wedge-shaped fragment of a marble plaque, probably from its upper part, preserving the upper margin. There is no published description. Found by Giovanni Battista de Rossi in 1844, in a vineyard at the site of the Cemetery of Callistus. First published by Antonio Ferrua in 1964 from de Rossi's papers, in a drawing with no transcription. The text was read from the drawing by Marida Pierno, and presented in the Epigraphic Database Bari. Now probably lost.


The fragment almost certainly comes from an epitaph. Line 2 may contain a mention of an institution/titulus of a saint with which the deceased was associated. See, for example, EXXXXX (titulus of Saint Anastasia, ICVR IV 12303), see also E04744. Dating: Marida Pierno (in EDB) dates the inscription to the 5th c.


Edition: Epigraphic Database Bari, no. EDB40142, see De Rossi, G.B., Ferrua, A. (eds.) Inscriptiones Christianae Urbis Romae Septimo Saeculo Antiquiores, n.s., vol. 4: Coemeteria inter Vias Appiam et Ardeatinam (Vatican: Pont. Institutum Archaeologiae Christianae, 1964), no. 11677y.

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