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E04732: Fragmentary Latin inscription possibly referring to martyrs whose names are lost. Found in the lower part of the Cemetery of Callistus, via Appia, Rome. Probably late 3rd or early 4th c.

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posted on 26.01.2018, 00:00 by pnowakowski
[- - -]turi et [- - -]
[- - - S]everes [- - -]

1. perhaps mar]turi

'[- - -] martyrs (?) [- - -] Severes [- - -].'

Text: ICVR, n.s., IV, no. 10182 = EDB122.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Martyrs, unnamed or name lost : S00060 Saints, name lost or very partially preserved : S01744

Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Funerary inscriptions Archaeological and architectural - Internal cult fixtures (crypts, ciboria, etc.)



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 - tomb/grave

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Ceremonies at burial of a saint


Two conjoining fragments of a marble plaque. Preserved dimensions: H. 0.22 m; W. 0.25 m. Letter height 0.03 m. Recorded by Giovanni Battista de Rossi in the Cemetery of Callistus, in cubiculum Ac. First published by Antonio Ferrua in 1964, from a squeeze by de Rossi.


The inscription may refer to some martyrs ('[mar]turi') buried in the Cemetery of Callistus, though this interpretation is of course very hypothetical. Dating: Antonio Felle (in EDB) dates the inscription to the very late 3rd or early 4th c., that is within the timeframe of the persecutions under the Tetrarchs.


Edition: Epigraphic Database Bari, no. EDB122, see De Rossi, G.B., Ferrua, A. (eds.) Inscriptiones Christianae Urbis Romae Septimo Saeculo Antiquiores, n.s., vol. 4: Coemeteria inter Vias Appiam et Ardeatinam (Vatican: Pont. Institutum Archaeologiae Christianae, 1964), no. 10182.

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