Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 2041
DRAFT: The epitaph of Pope Adeodatus (615-618), formerly a presbyter for forty years, Rome, AD 625/638.
cur titulata diu torpuerunt iura sepulchri
et populi 'us perstrepuit gemitus
segnities non culpa fuit quicumque requiris
nam dolor inclausus plus lacerare solet
pande dolor gemitum meritisque quiesce beatis
ut libeat summi gesta referre patris
hic vir ab exortu Petri est nutritus ovili
sed meruit sancti pastor adesse gregis
pura fides hominis votis fundata benignis
excuvians Christi cantibus hymnisonis
simplicitas sapiens vivax sollertia simplex
serpentina fuit simplicitate vigens
cumque quater denos compleret presbyter annos
sera senectutis mens tamen alma fuit
culmen apostolicum coluit tres ferme per annos
perfectum numerum terque quaterque gerens
hoc tibi pro meritis successor Honorius amplis
marmore construxit munus epitaphii
(Epigraphic Database Bari no. EDB25925)
Why the inscriptions of the tombs grow numb
and no loud groan is made by the people?
You should not look for the sloth as the reason for it.
The pain that remains inside hurts usually more.
O, grief, spread out! Let the lament be calmed by the blessed merits,
so that the deeds of the highest father may be recounted.
This man from the beginning was nourished within the ovile of Peter,
but he deserved to be the shepherd of the holy flock.
His pure faith was based on man's obliging votes.
He kept vigils with chants and hymns.
He was simple, wise, vigorous and resourceful.
His simplicity was vigorus and snake-like.
When he completed fourty years as presbyter
his mind, despite the old age, was still fresh.
He maintained  the apostolic summit for nearly three years.
Because of your merits your successor Honorius
had this large epitaph from marble constructed for you.
(trans. S. Adamiak)

Place of event:

  • Rome
  • Rome

About the source:

Origin: Rome (Rome)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Trismegistos no. 315539.
Epigraphik Datenbank Clauss/Slaby no. EDCS-33900189.
Epigraphic Database Bari no. EDB25925.
Inscriptiones Christianae Urbis Romae N.S. 2 4160 (Silvagni, Angelus; 1935)


Further ecclesiastical career - Bishop
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Impediments or requisits for the office - Age
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: S. Adamiak, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER2041,