Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 2191
Funerary inscription of presbyter Benenatus and his wife Rustica, AD 459 and 460, Rome in the church of saint Praxedis.
[ hic requiesci]t Benenatus pr̅e̅(s)b(yter)
[---] de̅p̅o(situs) d(ie) XIII ka̅l(endas) fe̅b(ruarias)
[--- cons(ulatu) Fl(avii) Ri]cimeris v̅(iri) c̅(larissimi) ((crux immissa))
[ hic posita Ru]stica c(larissima) f(emina) eius de̅p̅o(sita)
[sub die --- co]ns(ulatu) Fl(avi) Magni v(iri) c(larissimi) ((crux immissa))
(after Piazzolla and Rocco, EDB34314 and EDB34315, 2013, 2015)
Here lies the presbyter Benenatus
[---] who was deposed on the 13th day before the Kalends of February [=20 January]
[---] in the year of the consulship of Flavius Ricimer, vir clarissimus ((the Latin cross))
Here lies Rustica, clarissima femina, his wife, deposed
on the day [---] in the year of consulship of Flavius Magnus, vir clarissimus ((the Latin cross))
(trans. M. Szada)


Rustica's high social status noted by the title of "clarissima" is worth noting.

Place of event:

  • Rome
  • Rome

About the source:

Origin: Rome (Rome)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
Inscription is on a fragmentary marble plate which is now in the Chapel of Crucifixion in the church of saint Praxedis in Rome. The dimensions: 88 cm height, 89 width, height of the letters: 5,5 cm.
A. Ferrua, "Nuove iscrizioni di s. Pudenziana, s. Prassede e s. Maria in Domnica", Rivista di Archeologia Cristiana 44 (1968), 139-160
F. Piazzola and A. Rocco, Epigraphic Database Bari EDB34314, EDB34315 [edited in 2013 and 2015; accessed in 2019] (with a photography)


Social origin or status - Social elite
Family life - Marriage
Burial/Funerary inscription
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Relation with - Wife
Relation with - Woman
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: M. Szada, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER2191,