Fragment of a Greek inscription with the name of a sanctuary dedicated to *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033) called 'the one (of the district?) of the Kyrou.' Found in Miletos (Caria, western Asia Minor), tentatively dated to 5th-6th c.
Inscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.)
[- - - τῆς δεσποί]̣νης ἡμῶν τῆς ἁγίας ἐνδόξου Θ+εοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας τῆς εἰς τὰ Κύρρου +
1. ]̣ιτης (?) Herrmann
'[- - of] our [La]dy, the holy and glorious Th+eotokos and ever-Virgin Mary, the one (of the district?) of the Kyrou +.'
Text: Milet VI/2, no. 961.
Cult building - unspecified
SourcePiece of a white marble architrave (H. 0,26 m; W. 1,94 m; Th. 0,65 m), found near the city walls of Miletos (Caria, western Asia Minor). Perhaps displaced from the so-called round church located near the southern section of the wall (for this sanctuary see Kleiner, G., Die Ruinen von Milet (Berlin: de Gruyter, 1968), 138).
DiscussionThe inscription gives us the name of a sanctuary dedicated to *Mary (Mother of Christ), called 'our Lady, the holy and glorious Theotokos and ever-Virgin Mary' and 'the one of the Kyrrou'. Henri Grégoire plausibly suggested that the latter designation referred to a Constantinopolitan monastery of Mary, called μονὴ τῆς Θεοτόκου τῶν Κύρου, which was located in the district τὰ Κύρου.
Probably late antique, tentatively dated to the 5th or 6th c. by Henri Grégoire.
Milet VI/2 961.
Grégoire, H. (ed.), Recueil des inscriptions grecques chrétiennes d'Asie Mineure, vol. 1 (Paris: Leroux, 1922), no. 224.
Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae database, no. 1718: http://www.epigraph.topoi.org/ica/icamainapp/inscription/show/1718
L'Année épigraphique (1998), 1360.
Chroniques d'épigraphie byzantine, 304.
Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum 48, 1411.
|ID||Name||Name in Source||Identity||S00033||Mary, Mother of Christ||Μαρία||Certain|
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Pawel Nowakowski, Cult of Saints, E00805 - http://csla.history.ox.ac.uk/record.php?recid=E00805