Saint NameFelicitas, martyr of Rome with her seven sons : S00525
Saint Name in SourceFelicitas
Type of EvidenceInscriptions - Funerary inscriptions
Evidence not before418
Evidence not after700
Activity not before418
Activity not after700
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 CustomsVow
Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and NarrativesWomen
Other lay individuals/ people
Cult Activities - Cult Related ObjectsEx-votos
SourceThe inscription is known only through a copy by Boldetti who reports that he had seen it in the cemetery of Cyriaca ad Sanctum Laurentium, on the via Tiburtina. However, Antonio Ferrua who considers this text as a dedication to the martyr Felicitas, doubts that it could be placed anywhere else than at the site of her tomb and basilica in the Cemetery of Maximus on the via Nomentana. He also produces an argument from other mistaken locations of known epigraphs in Boldetti's work. But except for this reasoning there are no other clues that the inscription indeed pertains to the Cemetery of Maximus.
DiscussionDe Rossi argued that the inscription commemorated the burial of an ordinary woman Martura/Martyria Felicitas in the Roman catacombs, not a vow made to the saint.
Dating: if this is a dedication to Saint Felicitas, it may postdate the restoration of her tomb and lavish donations by Pope Boniface I (418-422).
Epigraphic Database Bari, no. EDB19812.
De Rossi, G.B., Ferrua, A. (eds.) Inscriptiones Christianae Urbis Romae Septimo Saeculo Antiquiores, n.s., vol. 8: Coemeteria viarum Nomentanae et Salariae (Vatican: Pont. Institutum Archaeologiae Christianae, 1983), no. 23398 (with further bibliography).