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date: 19 November 2019

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This chapter analyzes Christian epigraphy, that is, epigraphic documents connected with early Christian communities, from the beginnings of Christianity to the end of the sixth century. Texts written in Latin constitute the largest group of Christian inscriptions and are the main focus. Funerary inscriptions are by far the most numerous type, but there are also many dedications, building inscriptions, votive, exegetical, and devotional texts, as well as texts of good augury that throw light on the rise of Christianity .

Keywords: inscriptions, “Christian epigraphy, ” Christianity, Christian onomastics, epitaphs, funerary inscriptions, cult of martyrs, cult of saints, Christian sacraments, early Christian society, Pope Gregory the Great, Rome, Italy, Roman provinces

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