Abercius, Inscription of
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[German Version]

In 1883, two fragments of an altar slab with portions of a lengthy Greek epitaph of a certain Abercius were discovered at Hieropolis on the Glaucus, near Synnada in Phrygia (western Turkey). The fragments were given to Pope Leo X by Sultan Abdülhamid II in 1888 and are now in the Museo Pio Cristiano in the Vatican, with a reconstruction of the altar. The inscription comprises 18 incomplete lines, with nine verses (7–15). The entire inscription (a distich and 20 hexameters) is preserved in the legendary Life of a Bishop Abercius, which may go back to the 4th century…

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Koch, Guntram, “Abercius, Inscription of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 October 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_00056>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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