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E07516: Very fragmentary Latin epitaph once considered as just possibly referring to a martyr whose name is lost, or *Chrysanthus (chaste man and martyr of Rome, S00306). Now lost, but seen in the Catacombs of Saint Saturninus on the via Salaria, Rome. Probably late 3rd/early 4th c. [provisional entry]

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posted on 2019-04-06, 00:00 authored by pnowakowski
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2. Ch[risti martyris] Torrigio, Ch[rysanthi? de Rossi

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Note: Torrigio suggested that the inscription referred to a 'martyr of Christ' supposedly mentioned in line 2 (Ch[rist martyris]), while de Rossi restored line 2 as the name Chyrsanthus. It is not clear whether he meant the martyr of Rome Chrysanthus, or an ordinary deceased.

Text: ICVR, n.s., IX, no. 24238a = EDB18337.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Chrysanthus and Daria, chaste couple and martyrs of Rome, and companion martyrs : S00306 Martyrs, unnamed or name lost : S00060

Type of Evidence

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

Burial site of a saint - crypt/ crypt with relics

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs



On a fragment of a marble plaque. There is no published description. Seen by Torrigio in March of 1629, in the Cemetery of Saint Saturninus on the via Salaria. Now lost. First published by Antonio Ferrua in 1982, in Rivista di archeologia cristiana, from the notes of de Rossi, based on Torrigio’s report.


Antonio Ferrua notes that it is very unlikely that the inscription referred to a martyr.


Edition: Epigraphic Database Bari, no. EDB18337. see De Rossi, G.B., Ferrua, A., Mazzoleni, D. (eds.), Inscriptiones Christianae Urbis Romae Septimo Saeculo Antiquiores, n.s., vol. 9: Viae Salariae coemeteria reliqua (Vatican: Pont. Institutum Archaeologiae Christianae, 1985), no. 24238a (with further bibliography). Ferrua, A., "Visite del Torrigio alla catacomba di S. Saturnino", Rivista di archeologia cristiana 58 (1982), 35.

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