Somme notes on Christian archaeology. 5. Corrections to an intervention concerning the vessel with inscriptions and Christian symbols found at Moigrad Cover Image
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Note de arheologie creştină. 5. Corrigenda la o intervenţie privind vasul cu inscripţii şi simboluri creştine de la Moigrad
Somme notes on Christian archaeology. 5. Corrections to an intervention concerning the vessel with inscriptions and Christian symbols found at Moigrad

Author(s): Nicolae Gudea
Subject(s): Archaeology
Published by: Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai

Summary/Abstract: SUMMARY. Somme notes on Christian archaeology. 5. Corrections to an intervention concerning the vessel with inscriptions and Christian symbols found at Moigrad. The author (Nicolae Gudea) corrects some mistakes slipped in the article nr. 755 in the volume „Latin inscriptions from Dacia” – Inscripţii Latine din Dacia (Bucureşti 2005) edited by C.C. Petolescu, and adds some new informations to it. Owing to the fact that C.C. Petolescu did not have at his disposal all the bibliography Only partially, he worked out a series of erraneous wordings and the presentation as a whole is incomplete. Reviewing all the necessary completions in connection with the vessel, the inscriptions and the symbols, the author (N. Gudea) presents the correct interpretation of the texts and symbols on the vessel and its integration into the late Roman context. The author sustain that the vessel used to be a medium bowl from the category of luxury products with stamped decoration produced at Porolissum. Fig.1.1 and it has no importance whether the inscriptions and the symbols had been cut before the burning or after it. - on the outer ring and in the inner side of the ring there are known votive formules with analogies especially in the Christian world from Western Europe. To the some side of the empire directs us the type of writing, the letters finding perfect analogies in the cursive inscriptions from Italy, Dalmatia, Pannonia Secunda. - on the inner side of the vessel clear Christian symbols and inscription had been inscribed: the Chrismon, the dove (the Holly Spirit), the breads, the Life Tree completed with a Christian wish utere felix. Fig. 1.2a; 1.2b; 1.3. The dedication inscription is fragmentary; the name of the dedicator is hard to state precisely; it may be Zenovius, or Paulus, or any other name terminated in vivus. - on the basis of the letter types, of the character of the writing, of the symbols and votive Christian formulas, the vessel can be considered as dating from the middle of the 4th century AD. - the vessel from Moigrad having inscriptions and Christian symbols is not a singular discovery from 4th century Porolissum. There are Christian precedents dating from 3rd century AD (vessels with symbols in the form of crosses (cut or scratched); vessels with the symbol of Jesus Christ (the chrismon), cut after burning (Gudea 1994, 97-100); in the old temple of Belus there was built a Christian basilica; there are other isolated discoveries with Christian character from the 4th century (Gudea 1989, 341). All this Christian material is part and parcel of a series of imports from the Late. Roman Empire, providing a 4th century level to Porolissum (Gudea 1989, 342 – 344)

  • Issue Year: 52/2007
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 31-36
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Romanian