Visigothic Gravestone

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 11 October 2016

This gravestone was recycled from a Roman building. It is inscribed with a cross and a fragmentary Latin inscription. The surviving part reads "Gundebebius the servant of God lived about...years". Gundebebius is a Germanic male name, suggesting that the grave belonged to a Visigoth. The cross and wording of the inscription indicate that he was a Christian. The pagan Visigoths were converted to Christianity before they settled in Spain. 500s-600s CE. From Santiponce, Seville, AndalucĂ­a, modern-day Spain. (The British Museum, London).


About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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