Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 290
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Funerary inscription of Afranius presbyter probably in Mértola (iberian Peninsula), ob. AD 706.
Afranius pr(es)b(yter) / decessit in pa/ce d(omi)n(i) n(ostri) Ies(u) Chr(st)i / d(ie) V Id(u)s Febr(uarias) (a)era / DCCXLIIII / m(emoriae) b(onae?)
Afranius presbyter died in the peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the fifth day before the Ides of February in the year 744 of the era [= 9th of February 706].
(trans. by M. Szada)


The date on the inscription is given according to a Spanish Era, which began in 38 BC.

Place of event:

  • Iberian Peninsula
  • Mértola

About the source:

Origin: Mértola (Iberian Peninsula)
Denomination: Catholic/Nicene/Chalcedonian
The inscription was found in 19th c. by Sebastião Philippes Martins Estácio da Veiga who send it from Mértola to Lisbon. Later the inscription was lost and is known only from a drawing from 1877 (Estácio da Veiga 1880: 116).
Epigraphik-Datenbank Clauss / Slaby, no. EDCS-37600166
M.M. Alves Dias, C.I. Sousa Gaspar, Catálogo das inscriçoes paelocristas do território português, Lisboa 2006, no. 48
E.W.E. Hübner, Inscriptiones Hispaniae christianae, Berlin 1871, n. 302
J. Vives, Inscripciones cristianas de la España romana y visigoda, Barcelona 1942, no. 100
S.P.M. Estácio da Veiga, Memoria das antiquidades de Mertola observadas em 1877 e relatadas por Sebastião Philippes Martins Estacio da Veiga, Lisboa 1880.


Burial/Funerary inscription
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Further ecclesiastical career - None
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