Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
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Votive (dedicatory?) inscription made by Presbyter Eufrasius, Grésy-sur-Aix (Gaul), ca 600/800.
croix Eufrasius p(res)b(yte)r
in onore(m) s(an)c(t)i Petri
apostoli uoto suo fe-
(Recueil des inscriptions chrétiennes de la Gaule: XV, 288)
cross Presbyter Eufrasius erected [this] in honour of Saint Peter [in fulfilment] of his vow.
(trans. J. Szafranowski)

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Grésy-sur-Aix

About the source:

Origin: Grésy-sur-Aix (Gaul)
This inscription was first documented in the 16th century by Emmanuel-Philibert de Pingon, baron of Cusy, who saw it at Grésy-sur-Aix (located 3 km north of Aix-les-Bains), at the edifice Pingon described as sacellum antiquissimum, "most ancient shrine," situated next to the castle. According to Pingon, it could be found on the column (see ill. made by Pingon); it seems it was positioned above the enlarged part which formed a sort of capital, but Pingon description and drawing are here quite enigmatic. It was still intact in 18th century when viewed by Guichenon. In 1861, the inscription was found once again, now missing the first line, and placed in the gardens near the tower of Grésy. At present, however, it is nowhere to be found. Dimensions: 40 cm x 50 cm (Pillet), 40 cm x 60 cm (Le Blant).
Descombes admits that the dating of this inscription is very problematic. Although he had included it in his collection (which covers the period up to the Carolingian renaissance), he had doubts whether it could be considered older than the 8th century. As of now, no definite argument has been made.
F. Descombes (ed.), Recueil des inscriptions chrétiennes de la Gaule, vol. XV, Paris 1985, no. XV, 288.
Ph. de Pingon, baron de Cusy (1525-1582). ms., Bibl. de Turin, f. 167 v. (ill.)
S. Guichenon, Histoire généalogique de la royale maison de Savoie, Lyon 1660, I, p. 38.
L. Pillet, Mém. Acad. Savoie, 2e sér., 4, 1861, p. 355-357.
Trismegistos no. 439473
Epigraphik Datenbank Clauss/Slaby no. EDCS-09200935 (ill.)
O. Hirschfeld (ed.), Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, vol. XII, Berlin 1888, no. 2486.
E. Diehl (ed.), Inscriptiones Latinae christianae veteres, vol. 1, Berlin 1924/1925, no. 1928.
E. Le Blant (ed.), Inscriptions chrétiennes de la Gaule antérieures au VIIIe siècle, Paris 1856-1865, no. 389. (ill.)


Functions within the Church - Parish presbyter
Functions within the Church - Rural presbyter
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Ecclesiastical administration - Construction/Renovation
Economic status and activity - Indication of wealth
Ritual activity - Dedication of churches and altars
Devotion - Veneration of saints and relics
Devotion - Vows
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: J. Szafranowski, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER1853,