Saint NameSaints, name lost or very partially preserved : S01744
Saints, unnamed : S00518
Martyrs, unnamed or name lost : S00060
Saint Name in Sourcesancti
Type of EvidenceInscriptions - Funerary inscriptions
Evidence not before400
Evidence not after500
Activity not before400
Activity not after500
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 CustomsBurial ad sanctos
Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and NarrativesOther lay individuals/ people
SourceTwo fragments of marble plaques, broken and lost on all sides. Fragment A: H. 0.15 m; W. 0.20 m; Th. 0.013 m. Letter height 0.03 m. There is no description of Fragment B.
Fragment B was found by Giovanni Battista de Rossi in staircase LI in the lower part of the cemetery of Callistus. Published by de Rossi in 1877 with a drawing. Now probably lost. Fragment A was recorded by Antonio Ferrua in area A6. Both fragments were published together by Ferrua in 1964, but they are in fact unconnected.
DiscussionThe inscriptions may, but do not necessarily, refer to some martyrs buried in the Cemetery of Callistus. They can simply refer to the belief that the deceased will join the heavenly community of saints after their deaths.
Dating: Marida Pierno (in EDB) dates the inscriptions to the 5th c.
Epigraphic Database Bari, no. EDB40952, see http://www.edb.uniba.it/epigraph/40952
Epigraphic Database Bari, no. EDB40953, see http://www.edb.uniba.it/epigraph/40953
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. 10350a-b.
de Rossi, G.B., La Roma sotterranea cristiana, vol. 3 (Rome: Cromo-litografia pontificia, 1877), 223.