Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 1894
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Funerary inscription of the presbyter Aetherius, Bingen (Gaul), most probably sixth century.
[A]etherius pres
[bi]ter tegitur hoc
tomulo carus om
nibus moribus et
gratia sed ma(xime) Chr(ist)o
fede et relegione
(ed. Boppert 1971: 99–104)
Presbyter Aetherius is covered by this tomb, dear to all for his character and kindness but especially esteemed by Christ for his faith and religion.
(trans. J. Szafranowski)


The fifth day before the Kalends of September corresponds to 28 August.
Different editors provide various dating for this epitaph, ranging from the fourth to sixth centuries. Boppert, pointing to some mistakes and peculiarities of the carvings, suggests a rather later period; that is, the sixth century.

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Bingen am Rhein

About the source:

Origin: Bingen am Rhein (Gaul)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
This epitaph was found in 1908 south of Bingen Castle, in the area of the Roman-Frankish graveyard. It is now embedded in the wall of Bingen cathedral.
Yellow sandstone, dimensions: 66 × 55 × 23 cm.
W. Boppert (ed.), Die frühchristlichen Inschriften des Mittelrheingebietes, Mainz am Rhein 1971, pp. 99-104.
Trismegistos no. 426337
Epigraphik Datenbank Clauss/Slaby no. EDCS-12700494 (ill.)
O. Hirschfeld and H. Finke (eds.), Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, vol. XIII, Berlin 1898, no. 11963.
E. Diehl (ed.), Inscriptiones Latinae christianae veteres, vol. 1, Berlin 1924/1925, no. 1589.


Burial/Funerary inscription
Functions within the Church - Urban presbyter
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Reverenced by
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: J. Szafranowski, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER1894,