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E07494: Very fragmentary Latin inscription just possibly referring to relics of unnamed saints. Found in the Cemetery of Priscilla on the via Salaria, Rome. Probably first half of the 4th c. [provisional entry]

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posted on 30.03.2019, 00:00 by pnowakowski
[- - -]lis relic-
[- - -] optatum
[- - -]e eum quem
[- - -]te mei feli-
[- - -]nc titu
[- - - e]xegi
[- - -]ime

2. e]xoptatum de Rossi || 3. E largely lost || 5. N largely lost

Text: ICVR, n.s., VIII, no. 23356 = EDB35217. Transl. P. Nowakowski.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Saints, name lost or very partially preserved : S01744 Saints, unnamed : S00518 Martyrs, unnamed or name lost : S00060

Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Funerary inscriptions



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 - crypt/ crypt with relics

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Burial ad sanctos

Cult Activities - Relics

Unspecified relic Bodily relic - unspecified Bodily relic - entire body


Right-hand fragment of a marble plaque. H. 21 cm, W. 22 cm. Letter height 2-3 cm. The plaque was found in the Cemetery of Priscilla in 1804 by Ponzetti. Later offered to the Vatican Museums by Giovanni Battista de Rossi where it is kept in the Galleria Lapidaria. Antonio Ferrua expressed serious doubts whether the inscription could be considered as Christian. Eventually, he included it in the ICVR VIII as it was lacking the Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum.


Dating: The editors of the Epigraphic Database Bari date the inscription to the first half of the fourth century. Ferrua dated it to the third century and presented as a possibly pagan text.


Edition: Epigraphic Database Bari, no. EDB35217. see De Rossi, G.B., Ferrua, A. (eds.) Inscriptiones Christianae Urbis Romae Septimo Saeculo Antiquiores, n.s., vol. 8: Coemeteria viarum Nomentanae et Salariae (Vatican: Pont. Institutum Archaeologiae Christianae, 1983), no. 23356 (with further bibliography).

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