Saint NameHippolytus, martyr of Rome : S00509
Saint Name in SourceHippolytus
Type of EvidenceInscriptions - Funerary inscriptions
Inscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.)
Archaeological and architectural - Internal cult fixtures (crypts, ciboria, etc.)
Evidence not before350
Evidence not after600
Activity not before350
Activity not after600
Place of Evidence - RegionRome and region
Place of Evidence - City, village, etcSuburban catacombs and cemeteries
Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)Suburban catacombs and cemeteries
Cult activities - PlacesBurial site of a saint - crypt/ crypt with relics
Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and CustomsPrayer/supplication/invocation
SourceFragment of a marble plaque. Preserved dimensions: H. 0.15 m; W. 0.12 m; Th. 0.022 m. Letter height 0.032 m.
Found in 1968 in a crypt sited near the subterranean basilica in the cemetery of Hippolytus on the via Tiburtina. First published by Antonio Ferrua in 1980. The completions we follow here were suggested by Domenico Schiraldi in the Epigraphic Database Bari.
DiscussionScarcely anything can be read in such a small fragment. Therefore, the interpretation is very hypothetical. The inscription may mention saint Hippolytus the eponym of the cemetery, possibly described as beatus, a 'blessed' person (a martyr?); it but may also be the epitaph for an homonymous ordinary deceased person.
Epigraphic Database Bari, nos. EDB20465, see http://www.edb.uniba.it/epigraph/20465
De Rossi, G.B., Ferrua, A. (eds.), Inscriptiones Christianae Urbis Romae Septimo Saeculo Antiquiores, n.s., vol. 7: Coemeteria via Tiburtinae (Vatican: Pont. Institutum Archaeologiae Christianae, 1980), no. 20086b.