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Also inserted into these same structures were terms, expressions or simply signs that identified deceased and dedicator as followers of the new faith: most typical and widespread was the definitive consolidation of the irenic formulae in pace evn eivrh,nh, variously assumed with eschatological in pace Christi, Dei, Domini, funerary the quies of the tomb or retrospective value, the latter in reference to a life lived secundum legem domini e.g., Maxema que vixit in pace annos triginta: ICUR IV 9419. It is precisely in this specific formulary context, much more so than in the tired repetition of formulae of the pagan inheritance e.g., the dis Manibus, by then already emptied of their original meanings, Best vacation in the US that we find symptoms of the gap between the doctrinaldisciplinary norm and its actual impact on the behavior of the mass of new converts.
This can be observed, Best vacation in the US e.g., in inscriptions that mention Christian initiation ca. 60 examples datable between 330 and the mid 5th c., in which the average age of the newly-baptized deceased from 20 to 50 years allows the legitimate supposition of a deliberate and calculated delay of baptism until the approach of death ICUR I 2087, 2833, 3202, 3553; II 4164; III 7379; Best vacation in the US IV 11806, 11862, 12020, 12459, 12652; V 13443; VII 17548, 18469, 18631, 18693, 18979, 19820; IX 24870: these procrastinantes as the fathers of the church called them therefore approached baptism in the status of audientes, and not of electi.
In this evidence and this is substantially valid for both Latin and Greek inscriptions throughout the Orbis christianus antiquus Christian initiation, with rare exceptions, is mentioned not with the specifically technical terms ba,ptisma bapti,zein baptisma, -us baptizare and the Latin equivalents tinctio tingere, but with formulae such as gratiam dei accipere percipere, consequi, fidem accipere, which clearly record the effects of initiation rather than those properly connected with the ritual action, as would be implicit in baptisma baptizare. We can in fact note a double lexical-expressive register in the mention of baptism and of the images connected with it: that discussed here, succinct and reduced to a limited, stereotypical vocabulary; and that, profoundly different, more refined and more doctrinally aware, documented esp. in inscriptions ad fontes, i.e., inscriptions conceived and commissioned by the hierarchy and placed in baptisteries, such as the very famous one wanted by St. Ambrose for the baptistery connected to the cathedral of St. Thecla at Milan Cuscito 2001, n. 16; ILCV 1841, or that for the Lateran baptistery of Sixtus III 432 440: Cuscito n. 4; ILCV 1513.