Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 2115
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Presbyter Leo of Rome decorates the memoria of the martyr Hippolytus on the Via Tiburtina in Rome renovated by the effort of Pope Damasus, AD 366-384.
laeta deo plebs sancta canat quod moenia crescûnt
et renovata domus martyri[s Ipp]oliti
ornamenta operis surgun[t autore Da]maso
natus qui antistes sedis a[postolicae]
inclita pacificis facta es[t haec aula triumphis?]
servatura decus perpetụ[amque fidem?]
haec omnia nova q(uae)q(ue) vids Le[o presby]ter ornat
(after Domenico Schiraldi, Epigraphic Database Bari EDB21709)
The joyful people praise God because the holy walls grow up and the restored ornaments of the martyr Hippolytus's house are built up by the effort of Damasus who was born to be the prelate of the Apostolic See. This great hall was constructed among peaceful triumphs to serve as the splendor to the perpetual faith. All these new things which you see, were provided by the presbyter Leo.
(trans. M. Szada)


It is uncertain whether Damasus built the whole subterranean basilica at the cemetery of Hippolytus or just monumentlized it.  The inscription seems to suggest some extensive restoration and provision of new decorations for which the presbyter Leo was responsible.

Place of event:

  • Rome
  • Rome

About the source:

Origin: Rome (Rome)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
The subterranean basilica at the cemetery of Hippolytus on the Via Tiburtina was excavated in the 1880s. Giovanni Battista de Rossi found the fragments of the inscription, written in the Damasan letters, in the pavement of the basilica. It was inscribed on the marble slab (dimensions: 45 cm x 97 x ?; letters 3,5). De Rossi fitted the fragments together and proposed completions of the text (de Rossi 1883). See also Trout 2015: 146-47.
Ferrua, Antonio (ed), Inscriptiones Christianae Urbis Romae, Nova Series VII, 19936
Schiraldi, Domenico, Epigraphic Database Bari, EDB-21709 (following ICUR)
Epigraphik-Datenbank Clauss/Slaby EDCS-40400144
Trismegistos no. 311313
G. B. de Rossi, "Iscrizione storica dei tempi di Damaso papa nel cimiterio di s. Ippolito", Bullettino di archeologia cristiana 1883, 60-65
D. Trout, Damasus of Rome, the Epigraphic Poetry: Introduction, Texts, Translations, and Commentary, Oxford 2015.


Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Ecclesiastical administration - Construction/Renovation
Relation with - Bishop/Monastic superior
Devotion - Veneration of saints and relics
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: M. Szada, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER2115,