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E07506: Latin inscription in Dougga (Africa Proconsularis, North Africa) honouring God and martyrs. Probably 4th/5th c.

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posted on 2019-04-03, 00:00 authored by sadamiak
In nomen Dei
et in nomen marturoru
Exupius reddit votum.
Hunc port[i]cu[m basilicae?]
s[uis sumptib]u[s exstruxit?]

'In the name of God and in the name of the martyrs.
Exupius fulfilled the vow.
He constructed on his own cost this porticus of the basilica (?)'

Text: Y. Duval 1982, no. 17, following Poinssot. Translation: S. Adamiak.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Anonymous martyrs from Dougga (North Africa) : S02807

Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.)


  • Latin

Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Latin North Africa

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc


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

Dougga Carthage Carthago Karthago قرطاج‎ Qarṭāj Mçidfa Carthage

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs


Cult Activities - Cult Related Objects



The marble plate 62 x 33 cm from the exedra of the cemetery basilica in Dougga was reconstructed from 26 fragments. The letters are 4 to 4,5 cm high. The church was built in the beginning of the 5th century at latest, and the paleography also suggests the early date for the inscription. Currently in the museum of Tunis.


The inscription commemorates the dedication of a porticus probably connected to the basilica, however, the archeological excavations have not managed to find it. According to Duval, this church in Dougga was built (with much effort applied) above the crypt. This suggests that some local martyrs whose names were well known were venereted in place.


Duval, Y., Loca sanctorum Africae: Le culte des martyrs en Afrique du IVe au VIIe siècle (Rome: École Française de Rome, 1982), vol. 1, 39–41, no. 17.

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    Evidence -  The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity