Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 56
Funerary inscription of Possidonius, Presbyter probably in Mértola (Iberian Peninsula) who died in AD 512.
Possidonius / pre(s)b(i)t(e)r vixit / annos plus m(inus) / quinquaginta / requievit in / pace d(omi)ni d(ie) / XII Kal(endas) Sep/temb(res) (a)era / DL
(Jiménez Cano, Hispania Epigraphica 18494)
Possidonius presbyter lived for more or less fifty years. Rested in peace of the Lord 12 days before the calends of September, in the year 550 of the era (= 21 VIII AD 512).
(trans. M. Szada)


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

Place of event:

  • Iberian Peninsula
  • Mértola

About the source:

Origin: Mértola (Iberian Peninsula)
The inscription is on the marble decorated plate, 63 x 35 cm found in Mértola (Iberian Peninsula).
Trismegistos ID: 239327
Jiménez Cano, Cristina, Hispania Epigraphica 18494 [with ill.]
Année Epigraphique 1985 (1988), n. 506
M.M. A. Dias, C. Torres, “Cinco Novos Epitáfios Paleocristãos de Mértola”, Ficheiro Epigráfico 9 (1984), 36


Burial/Funerary inscription
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Further ecclesiastical career - None
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: M. Szada, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER56,