Saint NameSaints, name lost or very partially preserved : S01744
Felicitas, martyr of Rome with her seven sons : S00525
Type of EvidenceInscriptions - Funerary inscriptions
Evidence not before300
Evidence not after500
Activity not before300
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 CustomsPrayer/supplication/invocation
SourceFragment of a marble plaque. Broken and lost at both ends, and on bottom. The upper margin is preserved. Preserved dimensions: H. 0.15 m; W. 0.12 m; Th. 0.02 m. Letter height 0.043 m.
First published by Antonio Ferrua in 1983. Ferrua notes that a squeeze is kept in the records of the cemetery's supervisors, but the whereabouts of the discovery of this fragment are obscure. Now in a crypt under the basilica of Saint Felicitas.
DiscussionThe imperative 'pete' may refer to Saint Felicitas, martyr of Rome (S00525) or one of her seven sons, venerated in this cemetery. Alternatively it may be a request addressed to an ordinary deceased, a habit which was also practized in Roman suburban cemeteries.
Epigraphic Database Bari, no. EDB21896.
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. 23656c (with further bibliography).