By Mary Jane Chaignot

Categories: Women in the Early Church

  • Ampliatus is a Latin name and another individual that Paul refers to as “beloved.”
  • This was actually a common name in antiquity and often associated with the Emperor’s household.
  • There is a tomb in the catacomb of Domitilla, dating from the first or early second centuries that bears the inscription AMPLIAT[I]. The singular name suggests he might have been a slave; the ornamentation on the tomb suggests he would have been an important individual in the early church. It would mean that Christianity had penetrated deep into a prestigious Roman household.


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