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E05280: Very fragmentary inscription, possibly referring to relics of unnamed saints. Found in a small cemetery near the cemetery of Callistus, via Appia, Rome. Late antique.

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posted on 2018-03-30, 00:00 authored by pnowakowski
[- - -]um abuit supertactae ferres (?)
[- - - ]equiae sanctorum

1. sec]um: Grisanzio in EDB || 2. in r]equiae Ferrua

The editor, Antonio Ferrua, pointed out that the meaning of the text, and even the division of letters into words in line 1 is not clear. We find there, perhaps, the expression secum abuit / 'had with him/her', a prefixed form of the participle tactae / 'touched', and the 2nd singular imperfect form of the subjunctive of fero: ferres / 'you would have been carrying', 'you would have been reporting', etc.

According to Ferrua, line 2 could be restored as in r]equiae sanctorum, which he, however, does not explain. The Christian liturgy knows the expression pro requiae / 'for the repose'. But perhaps we have here a corrupted form of the expression re
  • quiae sanctorum / 'relics of saints'. One could also complete the line as, for example obs]equiae sanctorum / 'funeral rites of saints', etc.

    Text: ICVR, n.s., VI, no. 17356 = EDB14499.
  • History

    Evidence ID


    Saint Name

    Saints, unnamed : S00518 Saints, name lost or very partially preserved : S01744 Martyrs, unnamed or name lost : S00060

    Type of Evidence

    Inscriptions - Funerary inscriptions Archaeological and architectural - Internal cult fixtures (crypts, ciboria, etc.) Inscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.)


    • 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

    Burial site of a saint - crypt/ crypt with relics

    Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs


    Cult Activities - Relics

    Unspecified relic


    Lower right-hand corner of a marble plaque with large margins. Preserved dimensions: H. 0.17 m; W. 0.64 m; Th. 0.05 m. Letter height 0.02 m. The upper halves of the letters in line 1 are largely lost. Found in cubiculum Ha in a small cemetery near the cemetery of Callistus, on the via Appia, Rome. Now near staircase S2 in the same cemetery. First published by Antonio Ferrua in 1975, a good photograph is now offered in the Epigraphic Database Bari.


    Edition: Epigraphic Database Bari, nos. EDB14499. See De Rossi, G.B., Ferrua, A. (eds.), Inscriptiones Christianae Urbis Romae Septimo Saeculo Antiquiores, n.s., vol. 6: Coemeteria viis Latina, Labicana et Praenestina (Vatican: Pont. Institutum Archaeologiae Christianae, 1975), no. 17356.

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