Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
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Funerary inscription of Abba Urbicius from Nacon (Gaul), ca 450/600.
cross In hoc tumolum
requiescit in pacem
bone memoriae Vr-
bicius, abba, nobe-
lis natalebus, sed
beatus ex oper-
bus, castus, su-
brius, benignus,
(Recueil des inscriptions chrétiennes de la Gaule: XV, 229)
cross In this tomb lies in peace Abba Urbicius of good memory, noble by birth, but blessed by deeds, pure, sober, benevolent, ...
(trans. J. Szafranowski)


It is impossible to determine whether abba denotes a monastic superior or a presbyter in charge of the church and its small clerical community.

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Nacon

About the source:

Origin: Nacon (Gaul)Saint-Pierre-de-Chérennes (Gaul),
This epitaph was found in the ruins of the church of Saint-Etienne at Nacon, which in the 12th century served as a priory to the Benedictine monastery at Montmajour. Nacon lies close to Saint-Pierre-de-Chérennes (located some 30 km west of Grenoble), and the inscription is now mounted on the façade of the church there. Moulded limestone, dimensions: 64 cm × 59.5 cm, with letters 4 cm high, engraved and then blacked, moulding of 9 cm.
According to Descombes, the palaeography would suggest that this inscription was carved in the second half of the 5th century, but the language, composition, vocabulary, and slightly tilted letters would indicate the 7th century.
F. Descombes (ed.), Recueil des inscriptions chrétiennes de la Gaule, vol. XV, Paris 1985, no. XV, 229.
Trismegistos no. 438506
Epigraphik Datenbank Clauss/Slaby no. EDCS-08501265 (ill.)
E. Le Blant (ed.), Inscriptions chrétiennes de la Gaule antérieures au VIIIe siècle, Paris 1856-1865, no. 471.
O. Hirschfeld (ed.), Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, vol. XII, Berlin 1888, no. 1553.
E. Diehl (ed.), Inscriptiones Latinae christianae veteres, vol. 1, Berlin 1924/1925, no. 1648.


Burial/Funerary inscription
Functions within the Church - Parish presbyter
Functions within the Church - Rural presbyter
Described by a title - Abba
Monastic or common life - Cenobitic monk
Monastic or common life - Monastic superior (abbot/prior)
Monastic or common life - Clerical community
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: J. Szafranowski, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER1854,