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E05293: Small fragment of a Latin inscription just possibly mentioning a saint John, or an ordinary deceased man termed vir sanctus. Found in the cemetery of Cyriaca ad Sanctum Laurentium, via Tiburtina, Rome. Possibly early 6th c.

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[- - - s(an)]c̅(tu)s̅ I̅o̅h̅(a)n̅(nes)
[- - -]ị̅m̅a̅ se[- - -]
[- - -]II I̅u̅n̅[- - -]

'[- - -] Saint John [- - -]'

Antonio Ferrua suggested that the inscription was an epitaph for an ordinary man, termed vir sanctus / 'saintly man', and tentatively restored the text as follows:

[hic iacet vir s(a)n]c(tus) Ioh(a)n(nes) [... sub die ...] ima sept (possibly followed by the name of the consul Venantius or Boethius the younger, i.e. AD 508 or 510).

Text: ICVR, n.s., VII, no. 17828h = EDB34948.

History

Evidence ID

E05293

Saint Name

John (unspecified) : S00043

Saint Name in Source

Iohannes

Type of Evidence

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

Language

Latin

Evidence not before

500

Evidence not after

550

Activity not before

500

Activity not after

550

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 - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Prayer/supplication/invocation

Source

Fragment of a marble plaque. Broken and lost on all sides, except for the top where the upper margin is preserved. H. 0.33 m; W. 0.29 m; Th. 0.05 m. Found on the surface level in the cemetery of Cyriaca ad Sanctum Laurentium, on the via Tiburtina. First recorded by Marsuzi in 1880. First published by Antonio Ferrua, with a drawing, in 1980.

Bibliography

Edition: Epigraphic Database Bari, nos. EDB34948, see http://www.edb.uniba.it/epigraph/34948 De Rossi, G.B., Ferrua, A. (eds.), Inscriptiones Christianae Urbis Romae Septimo Saeculo Antiquiores, n.s., vol. 7: Coemeteria via Tiburtinae (Vatican: Pont. Institutum Archaeologiae Christianae, 1980), no. 17828h.

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