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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity


from its origins to circa AD 700, across the entire Christian world


Greek inscription on a boundary stone of a church of *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033). Found at Dorylaion (Phrygia, west central Asia Minor). Probably 6th c.

Evidence ID

E00910

Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.)

(christogram) ὅ[ρος]
τῆς
ἁγίας
Μαρί-
ας

'(
christogram) Boundary (of the church) of the Holy Mary.'

Text: Armanet 1904, no. 22.

Cult Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Non Liturgical Activity

Awarding privileges to cult centres
Seeking asylum at church/shrine

Source

A cubic block used as a boundary stone, found in a yard near a local market at Eskişehir, ancient Dorylaion (Phrygia, central Asia Minor). All dimensions: c. 1.68 m. The inscription occupies its upper part. Dimensions of the text field: H. 0.19 m; W. 0.03 m.


Discussion

This is a rare case, in which Mary is called by her name and the epithet ἁγία (holy), while she is usually addressed in Anatolia as the God-Bearer (Θεοτόκος).

Though this inscription does not say so explicitly, boundary stones were usually bestowed upon sanctuaries by emperors.

For a boundary stone with a similar formula, see: E01219.


Bibliography

Edition:
Armanet, C., "Inscriptions de Dorylée", Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique 28 (1904), no. 22.

Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae database, no. 1416: http://www.epigraph.topoi.org/ica/icamainapp/inscription/show/1416

Further reading:
Haspels, E.C., The Highlands of Phrygia (Princeton : Princeton University Press, 1971), 211, note 36.

Monumenta Asiae Minoris Antiqua
V, Lists I(i), 182, no. 130.



Record Created By

Pawel Nowakowski

Date Last Modified

11/06/2020

Related Saint Records
IDNameName in SourceIdentity
S00033Mary, Mother of ChristΜαρίαCertain


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