Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 146
Funerary inscription of Simplicius, presbyter probably in Mértola (Iberian Peninsula), ob. AD 537.
[cross in a cricle] | Simplicius | prbs., famu|lus Dei, uixit | an. LVIIII. | requieuit in | pace Dni d. | VIII kal. Septem|bres era | δLXXV.
(Vives 1942: no. 94)
[cross in a circle]: Simplicius Presbyter, the servant of God, lived 59 years, rested in peace of the Lord on the 8th day before Kalends of September in the year 575 of the era [= 25 VIII 537].
(trans. by M. Szada)


The date on the inscription is given according to the Spanish Era, which began in 38 BC.

Place of event:

  • Iberian Peninsula
  • Mértola

About the source:

Origin: Mértola (Iberian Peninsula)
According to Hübner (1900, no. 313) the inscription on the marble slate was found in 1886 in Mértola by German physician Johann Gadow and transported by him to Cambridge in Great Britain. Hübner, and later Vives edited the inscription from the squeeze made by J. C. Bruce at the end of the 19th c.
A stonecutter made a mistake in the abbreviation and wrote "prbs." instead of "prsb."
Hispania Epigraphica Online Database, no. 29852
E. Diehl, Inscriptiones latinae christianae veteres, Berlin 1925-1932, no. 1175A.
E.W.E. Hübner, Inscriptiones Hispaniae christianae. Supplementum, Berlin 1900, no. 313.
J. Vives, Inscripciones cristianas de la España romana y visigoda, Barcelona 1942, no. 94.


Burial/Funerary inscription
Functions within the Church - Urban presbyter
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
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