§344 Valerius Emeritus

Valerius Emeritus

(0344) Text: d(is) m(anibus) | Ulpia Emerita Valerio E- | merito filio bene me- | renti evocato | titulum posuit

Translation: To the gods and to the shades. Ulpia Emerita set up this inscription for her son Valerius Emeritus, who re-enlisted in the army and who deserved this inscription well.

Commentary: Christian soldier

Provenience: Rome 200-300 CE

Bibliography: ILCV 407b; CIL 6.3440; Henri Leclercq, “Militarisme,” in Dictionnaire d’archéologie chrétienne et de liturgie, ed. Fernand Cabrol and Henri Leclercq (Paris: Letouzey et Ané, 1932), 11.1: no. 22; Ronald J. Sider, The Early Church on Killing: A Comprehensive Sourcebook on War, Abortion, and Capital Punishment (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012), 147*.