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Cathcolic catacomb inscription abbreviations

A

A.D.
(Ante Diem) "the day before". For example; the phrase, "Ante Diem VI or Sextum Kal. Apriles", menas the sixth day before the Calends of April, counting both the Calends and the day intended to be indicated. Or (Anima Dulcis) which means "Sweet Soul".
A.Q.I.C.
(Anima Quiescat In Christo) translates to "May his or her Soul Repose in Christ"

B

B., BMT.
Bene Merenti ("To the Well Deserving")
B.F.
Bonae Feminae ("To the Good Woman")
B.I.C.
Bibas (for Vivas) In Christo ("May you Live In Christ")
B.M.
Bonae Memoriae ("Of Happy Memory")
B.M.F.
Bene Merenti Fecit ("He erected this to the Well Deserving")
B.Q.
Bene Quiescat ("May he or she Rest Well")

C

C.
Consul
C.F.
Clarissima Femina ("Most Illustrious Woman")
C.O.
Conjugi Optimo ("To my Excellent Husband")
C.O.B.Q.
Cum Omnibus Bonis Quiescat ("May he or she Repose With All Good souls")
C.P.
Clarissima Puella ("Most Illustrious Maiden")
CC.
Consules ("Consuls")
Cl. V.
Clarissimus Vir ("Most Illustrious Man")
COI.
Conjugi ("To my Husband or Wife")
COS.
Consul
COSS.
Consules ("Consuls")
CS.
Consul

D

D.
Depositus ("Laid to rest"), or Dulcis ("Dear One")
D.D.
Dedit, Dedicavit ("Gave", "Dedicated")
D.I.P.
Dormit In Pace ("Sleeps in Peace")
D.M.
Diis Manibus ("To the Manes of")
D.M.S.
Diis Manibus Sacrum ("Sacred to the Manes of")
D.N.
Domino Nostro ("To Our Lord")
DD. NN.
Dominis Nostris ("To Our Lords")
DEP.
Depositus ("Laid to rest")

E

E VIV. DISC.
E Vivis Discessit ("Departed from Life")
E.V.
Ex Voto ("In Fulfilment of a Vow")
EX. TM.
Ex Testamento ("In accordance with the Testament of")

F

F.
Fecit ("Did"), or Filius ("Son"), or Feliciter ("Happily")
F.C.
Fieri Curavit ("Caused to be made")
F.F.
Fieri Fecit ("Caused to be made")
FF.
Fratres ("Brothers"), Filii ("Sons")
FS.
Fossor ("Digger")

H

H.
Haeres ("Heir"), Hic ("Here")
H.L.S.
Hoc Loco Situs ("Laid or Put in This Place")
H.M.F.F.
Hoc Monumentum Fieri Fecit ("Caused This Monument to be Made")
H.S.
Hic Situs ("Laid Here")

I

I.L.H.
Jus Liberorum Habens ("Possessing the Right of Children" meaning the eligibility to hold public office under age)
I.X.
In Christo ("In Christ")
ID.
Idibus ("On the Ides")
IDNE.
Indictione ("In the Indiction" a chronological term)
INB.
In Bono ("In Good odour")
IND.
Indictione ("In the Indiction" a chronological term)
INP
In Pace ("In Peace")

K

K.
Kalendas ("Calends"); or Care, Carus, Cara ("Dear One"), or Carissimusa ("Dearest")
K.B.M.
Karissimo Bene Merenti ("To the Most Dear and Well-deserving")

L

L.
Locus ("Place")
L.M.
Locus Monumenti ("Place of the Monument")
L.S.
Locus Sepulchri ("Place of the Sepulchre")

M

M.
Martyr, or Memoria ("Memory") or Monumentum ("Monument")
M.P.
Monumentum Posuit ("Erected a Monument")
MM.
Martyres ("Martyrs")
MRT.
Merenti ("To the Deserving")

N

N.
Nonas ("Nones"), or Numero ("Number")
NN.
Nostris ("To Our" with a plural) or Numeri ("Numbers")

O

O.
Hora ("Hour"), Obiit ("Died")
OB. IN XTO.
Obiit In Christo ("Died In Christ")
OMS.
Omnes ("All")
OP.
Optimus (Excellent, or Supremely Good)

P

P.
Pax ("Peace"), or Pius ("Dutiful"), or Ponendum ("To be Placed"), or Pridie ("The Day Before"), or Plus ("More")
P. CONS.
Post Consulatum ("After the Consulate")
P.C.
Poni Curavit ("Caused to be Placed"), Post Consulatum ("After the Consulate")
P.I.
Poni Jussit ("Ordered to be Placed")
P.M.
Plus Minus ("More or Less"), or Piae Memoriae ("Of Pious Memory"), or Post Mortem ("After Death")
P.T.C.S.
Pax Tibi Cum Sanctis ("Peace to Thee With the Saints")
PP.
Praepositus ("Placed over")
PR.K.
Pridie Kalendas ("The Day Before the Calends")
PR.N.
Pridie Nonas ("The Day Before the Nones")
PRB.
Presbyter ("Priest")
PZ.
Pie Zeses ("May you Live Piously" Greek)

Q

Q.
Quiescit ("He Rests")
Q.B.AN.
Qui Bixit (for Vixit) Annos ("Who lived ... years")
Q.I.P.
Quiescat In Pace ("May he or she Rest in Peace")
Q.V.
Qui Vixit ("Who Lived")
Qui.
Quiescit ("He Rests")

R

R.
Requiescit ("He Rests"), or Refrigerio ("In Refreshment" or "in a place of Refreshment")
Reg.
Regionis ("Of the Region")

S

S.
Suus ("His"), or Situs ("Placed"), or Sepulchrum ("Sepulchre")
S.I.D.
Spiritus In Deo ("Spirit in God" or Spirit rests in God")
S.P.
Sepultus ("Buried"), or Sepulchrum ("Sepulchre")
S.V.
Sacra Virgo ("Holy Virgin")
SC. M.
Sanctae Memoriae ("Of Holy Memory")
SD.
Sedit ("He sat")
SS.
Sanctorum (Of the Saints)
SSA.
Subscripta ("Subscribed")

T

T.
Titulus, Tituli ("Title", "Titles")
TM.
Testamentum ("Testament")
TT.
Titulus, Tituli ("Title", "Titles")

V

V.
Vixit ("He Lived"), or Vixisti ("Thou didst Live")
V. X.
Vivas, Care (or Cara) ("Mayest thou Live, Dear One"), or Uxor Carissima ("Most Dear Wife")
V.C.
Vir Clarissimus ("A Most Illustrious Man")
V.H.
Vir Honestus ("A Worthy Man")
VB.
Vir Bonus ("A Good Man")
VV. CC.
Viri Clarissimi ("Most Illustrious Men")

X

X.
Christus ("Christ")
XPC.
Christus ("Christ")
XS.
Christus ("Christ")

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