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E07508: Latin inscription commemorating some saints. Dougga (Africa Proconsularis, North Africa).

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posted on 05.04.2019, 00:00 by sadamiak
in nomine...] d(omi)ni n(ostri) IH(es)V X(risti)...
...san]ctorum id [est...
...Vi]ncenti et The[odori...
...] XV K(alendas) decem(bres)...
F D I

'In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ...
... of the saints that is...
... Vincentius and Theodore...
... 15th day before the Kalends of December [17 November]'

Text: Y. Duval 1982, no. 19. Translation: Stanisław Adamiak.

History

Evidence ID

E07508

Saint Name

Anonymous martyrs from Dougga (North Africa) : S02807 Vincent/Vincentius, deacon and martyr of Saragossa and Valencia : S00290 Theodore, soldier and martyr of Amaseia and Euchaita : S00480

Saint Name in Source

Vincentius The?

Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.)

Language

Latin

Evidence not before

304

Evidence not after

698

Activity not before

304

Activity not after

698

Place of Evidence - Region

Latin North Africa

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Dougga

Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Dougga Carthage Carthago Karthago قرطاج‎ Qarṭāj Mçidfa Carthage

Source

A fragment of white marble of unknown origin, broken from all sides. What remains is of 30 x 28 cm. The preserved fragment of text is in five lines, the letters of 4 to 4,5 cm. In 1970 it was in the storage of the excavations of Dougga.

Discussion

The exact sense of the inscription is unclear. It may refer to a dedication of a church or to a deposition of relics. It seems probable that the inscription honours not the saints from Dougga (such as the anonymous martyrs S02807), but rather some saints possibly not even from Africa, as Vincentius of Saragossa, or Eastern saints such as Theodorus, Theodotus or Theodosius.

Bibliography

Duval, Y., Loca sanctorum Africae: Le culte des martyrs en Afrique du IVe au VIIe siècle (Rome: École Française de Rome, 1982), vol. 1, 42–44, no. 19.

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