Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
ER 634
Funerary inscription of Stephen, presbyter probably in Mérida (Iberian Peninsula), died in the late 6th or early 7th century.
St]hefanus | [pre]sb(yter) famul(us) | [Dei] uixit ann(is) | [...]III req(uieuit) in | [pa]ce sub d(ie) | [... k]al(endas) Aug(ustas) | [era D]LXL nun(cupata)
(Vives 1969: no. 533)
[St]hefanus / [pre]sb(yter) famul(us) / [dei] vixit ann(os) / [3]III req(uievit) in / [pa]ce sub d(ie) / [3 K]al(endas) Aug(ustas) / [(a)era D]LXL n<o=V>n(us)
(Hispania Epigraphica Online Database, no. 30072)
Stephen, presbyter, servant of God, lived years [?], rested in peace on the [?] day before the Kalends of August in the year [590 or 599] of the era.
(trans. M. Szada)


The last line of the inscription is damaged, so the year is not certain.

Place of event:

  • Iberian Peninsula
  • Merida

About the source:

Origin: Merida (Iberian Peninsula)
The inscription is on a marble slab of dimensions 60 cm height, 43 lenght, 4 width (Palomar Lopesa 1951: 23-24). It is fragmentary and was found in Mérida and now is kept in the archaeological museum in this city (Vives 1969: no. 533).
J. Vives, Inscripciones cristianas de la España Romana y Visigoda, Barcelona, 1969
Hispania Epigraphica Online Database, no. 30072 HEOD
M. Palomar Lapesa, "De Epigrafía española romano-cristiana y visigoda. I.", Zephyrus 2 (1951), 21-31.


Burial/Funerary inscription
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: M. Szada, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER634,