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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


Type of Evidence

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

(christogram) ὅ[ρος]

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


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.


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.


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

Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae database, no. 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


Related Saint Records
IDNameName in SourceIdentity
S00033Mary, Mother of ChristΜαρίαCertain

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