Rossitsa Gicheva-Meimari



           New Bulgarian University

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Intermingling of pagan and Christian religious notions in a funerary inscription from Doxato, Philippi, 3rd century.

The study presents a third-century Latin funerary inscription 2 discovered near the modern village of Doxato in Greece, north of the city of Philippi, probably from a vicus in the territory of its colony.

The person buried is represented as an initiate in the mysteries of Dionysos Bromios, who was rewarded with an afterlife in a special place because of two kinds of merit: on the one hand - participation in the mystery rites of Dionysos Bromios, and on the other hand - a chaste life, a virtuous heart, forbearance and benevolence.

The text provides a very rare testimony to the processes of intermingling pagan rites and beliefs with new Christian beliefs and morals at an individual and family level in a rural community. A hypothesis is presented about possible ways in which the transition from local ancient Thracian to early Christian religious beliefs took place - based on common elements in rites and beliefs related to life after death in pagan mystery cults and early Christian beliefs and notions.


This page is part of the project LABedia: Еncyclopedia of Late Antique Balkans, 4th-5th c.,
financed by the National Science Fund, contract КП-06-Н30/6, 13.12.2018