The clause would then read: , telling that the boy had been ill (only) five days.

M. Giron did not recognize the name , Revocata, one of the series of names including Renatus, Restitutus, Reductus, etc., especially common as cognomens. The Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, III, 3107, has an example of Revocata from. Dalmatia, and apparently another, 1471, from. Dacia.

The concluding words of the inscription, "daughter of Marcian," are presumably to be understood as showing that the mother of the two children had been twice married. The formula at the beginning, with the exhortation to courage, is common in Greek epitaphs.

The translation:

Courage, Boraides, no one is immortal; son of the shoemaker Zourazios, native of Thrace of the city Adrianople. Boraides died when about seven years and six months of age, after an illness of five days. Before his death he was baptized, and here he is buried. Courage, Revocata, beside you lies your brother Boraides, O daughter of Marcian.

M. Giron remarks, with good reason, that the inscription could hardly be earlier than the fourth or fifth century. It might indeed be a little later than this, but there is no ground for a more definite dating.


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