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E07929: Latin inscription in mosaic, marking a burial near the body of *Salsa (virgin and martyr of Tipasa, S02130), in her church in Tipasa (Mauretania Caesariensis, North Africa), 450/600.

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posted on 27.06.2020, 00:00 authored by sadamiak
VI...............
SA..............
e[t nob]ile co[r]
pus sanc[te]
martyris [Sa]
lse CLIM ....
adiunc[tus or adiuncta]
est sep[ultus or sepulta]
.....................

'Clim[....] is joined and buried near the noble body of the holy martyr Salsa'.

Text: Y. Duval 1982, no. 172, after H.I. Marrou. Translation: Stanisław Adamiak.

History

Evidence ID

E07929

Saint Name

Salsa, martyr of Tipasa (North Africa) : S02130

Saint Name in Source

Salsa

Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Funerary inscriptions

Language

Latin

Evidence not before

450

Evidence not after

600

Activity not before

450

Activity not after

600

Place of Evidence - Region

Latin North Africa

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Tipasa

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

Tipasa Carthage Carthago Karthago قرطاج‎ Qarṭāj Mçidfa Carthage

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Burial ad sanctos

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Women

Source

The inscription is a mosaic, covering a tomb in the pavement of the basilica of Salsa in Tipasa, in the part constructed in the second half of the 5th or in the 6th century. The dimensions of the inscription are 135 cm x 78 cm. The letters are between 12 and 16 cm high, alternately in red and blue on a white background.

Discussion

No sense can be made of the first two lines, nor can the name (and even gender) of the buried person be reconstructed. However, enough survives to make it certain that this is an inscription recording a burial 'ad sanctos', deliberately close to the body of Salsa.

Bibliography

Edition: Duval, Y., Loca sanctorum Africae: Le culte des martyrs en Afrique du IVe au VIIe siècle (Rome: École Française de Rome, 1982), vol. 1, 362-365, no. 172. Marrou, H.I., "Une inscription martyrologique de Tipasa," Bulletin archéologique du Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques 1971 (1973), 219-223.

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