A monogram in the form of a Greek cross, containing these letters: V over T at the top, N on the left, C on the right, and S at the bottom.
Saint NameVincent/Vincentius, deacon and martyr of Saragossa and Valencia : S00290
Image Caption 1From Y. Duval 1982, no. 2
Type of EvidenceArchaeological and architectural - Internal cult fixtures (crypts, ciboria, etc.)
Inscriptions - Inscribed architectural elements
Evidence not before533
Evidence not after698
Activity not before533
Activity not after698
Place of Evidence - RegionLatin North Africa
Place of Evidence - City, village, etcCarthage
Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)Carthage
Cult Activities - Cult Related ObjectsInscription
SourceThe monogram is on a capital found in ruins in the valley of Byrsa in Carthage. It is now in the Museum of Carthage.
DiscussionYvette Duval identified the name borne by this monogram as 'Vincentius', and associated it with the famous Spanish martyr, Vincent of Saragossa. According to her, this is all the more probable because the Greek cross form of the monogram indicates clearly that it comes from Byzantine times (i.e. 533-698).
We should however note that monograms on capitals are normally those of donors, not those of saints.
BibliographyDuval, Y., Loca sanctorum Africae: Le culte des martyrs en Afrique du IVe au VIIe siècle (Rome: École Française de Rome, 1982), vol. 1, 6-7, no. 2.