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Pagan and Christian Inscriptions
in the Church of S. Giorgio in Velabro


[image ALT: A plaster wall in which a number of fragmentary stone inscriptions can be seen. It is part of the porch of the church of S. Giorgio in Velabro, in Rome, to the left of the door; the inscriptions are mostly Roman tombstones, some of them Christian, of the 2d century and later.]

The older Roman churches often have an arcaded front porch; and in them we often find a collection of inscriptions. S. Giorgio is typical in this respect. There are more inscriptions inside the church, but they are of a later period.

Above: those to the left of the front door; below, those to the right.

[image ALT: A plaster wall in which a number of fragmentary stone inscriptions can be seen. It is part of the porch of the church of S. Giorgio in Velabro, in Rome, to the right of the door; the inscriptions are mostly Roman tombstones, some of them Christian, of the 2d century and later.]

P. S.

These inscriptions can hardly be missed: you have to walk by them to enter S. Giorgio. Yet the church's most interesting inscription, very likely, is one that few people see, although it's larger than they are, and in plain sight! 
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