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With respect to the specifically doctrinal sphere, we observe a clear separation between popular inscriptions and those of the lites, clerical and lay. Evidence from the latter groups contains expressions and formulae that go back, sometimes in explicit terms and in articulate settings, to the basic principles of the Christian faith: profession of faith, hope of resurrection, immortality, intercession of the saints, mention of worthy behavior in light of the gospel. Among the numerous examples are those of the neophyte Aedesius qui crededit in Patre et Filio et Spiritu Sancto ICUR 13443; the presbyter Tirgrinus who declares pono metum de fine meo, Burma Map spes una salutis nam mihi fit Christus, quo duce mors moritur ICUR VI 15842; Iunianus and Bictora, remembered respectively as amator pauperorum and amatrix pauperorum; of Gentianus fidelis, Burma Map to whom the survivors address a prayer of intercession: et in orationis tuis roges pro nobis quia scimus te in Christo ICUR VIII 22480; the Syracusan Criside in whose Greek inscription we read: Remember, God, your servant Criside and give her a splendid repose, a place of comfort in the bosom of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob IGCVO 475; Cyriacus and Babosa to whom are dedicated, respectively, the hopeful formulae martures sancti bonibenedicti vos atiutate Quiriacu ICUR X 26350 and refrigeret tibi Deus et Christus et domni nostri Adeodatus et Felix i.e., the martyrs Felix and Adautto; ICUR II 6152. Noteworthy in this context is a conspicuous group of Syrian inscriptions characterized by the presence as incipit of the inscriptions of the monotheistic formula ei-j qeo,j, of Jewish origin and already used among the pagans Guarducci IV, 274. Naturally, Burma Map all of these elements were particularly popular in decorative monumental inscriptions i.e., inscriptions in churches and in funerary inscriptions of community leaders Carletti 2001, 345-354, 362-383. An age-old tradition that endured without interruption was that of the cult of the name the essential element of funerary inscriptions which precisely in the 4th and 5th c., and esp. in inscriptions in verse, was emphatically visualized through the use of acrostic, or by insertion into equivocal constructions, through which, in harmony or in contrast with the meaning of the name, the moral andor spiritual qualities of the deceased were expressed, as e.g.: hic requiescit Superbus tantum in nomine dictus, quem innocentem miotemque san cti novere beati ICUR V 13954; Felicitas isto clauditur infelix falso cognomine dicta ICUR I 713; Anastasia secundum nomen credo futuram i.e., vitam; ICUR II 6130.