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.
Saint NameAnonymous 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 SourceVincentius
Type of EvidenceInscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.)
Evidence not before304
Evidence not after698
Activity not before304
Activity not after698
Place of Evidence - RegionLatin North Africa
Place of Evidence - City, village, etcDougga
Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)Dougga
SourceA 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.
DiscussionThe 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.
BibliographyDuval, 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.