Presbyters Uniwersytet Warszawski
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Funerary inscription of Presbyter Agapius, from Chavanoz (Gaul), died 607/608.
[Qui]squis deuertis ad ora[ndum]
ora pro Agapio pr(es)b(yte)ro
creatore(m) sic d(omi)n(u)m habeas
protictorem, ut parcat d(eu)s
factis, parcat dictis, parcat
prauis sensib(u)s. Vixit ann(o)s LXXXV
obiet sub die Kal(endas) Ianuarias
LXVIII p(ost) c(onsulatum) Basili v(iri) c(larissimi), indic(tione) decima.
(Recueil des inscriptions chrétiennes de la Gaule: XV, 252)
Whoever turns to prayer, pray for Presbyter Agapius; since you have the Lord the Creator for your protector, God forbids deeds, forbids what was said, forbids ill thoughts. He lived 85 years; he died on the Kalends of January, 68 [years] after the consulate of most illustrious Basilus, in the 10th [year] of the indiction.
(trans. J. Szafranowski)


The exact dating is not possible, since the year of the consulate does not correspond to the year of indiction. The 68th year after the consulate of Basilus was either 608 (using modus Victorianus) or 609 (using modus Marcellianus). The tenth year of the indiction starts on the 1st of September of the year 606 and lasts to 31 of August of the following year. It seems, then, that the 1st of January 607 is the most probable date of Agapius' death. For more on the problems with agreeing the years of consulate with the years of indiction, see RICG, Introduction, nos. 93, 94, and 98.

Place of event:

  • Gaul
  • Chavanoz

About the source:

Origin: Chavanoz (Gaul)
The marble bearing this inscription was discovered in 1876 during the renovation of the church in Chavanoz (located some 25 km east of Lyon). The first four lines are now lost and known only from Mormerret`s book. The rest of the stone was incorporated into the wall of the presbytery in Chavanoz.
Dimensions (of the surviving part): 25 cm × 68 cm × 8 cm, the letters are 4 cm high, and were painted black.
F. Descombes (ed.), Recueil des inscriptions chrétiennes de la Gaule, vol. XV, Paris 1985, no. XV, 252.
J. Molmerret, H. Guillard, Dr Saunier, Sur la limite Dauphiné, Chavanoz, Lyon 1933, p. 12.
Trismegistos no. 448590
Epigraphik Datenbank Clauss/Slaby no. EDCS-30200113


Burial/Funerary inscription
Functions within the Church - Parish presbyter
Functions within the Church - Rural presbyter
Described by a title - Presbyter/πρεσβύτερος
Please quote this record referring to its author, database name, number, and, if possible, stable URL: J. Szafranowski, Presbyters in the Late Antique West, ER1846,