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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity

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

White marble capital with a carving of *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033) with her Child. Found at Herakleia Pontike (Honoriad, northern Asia Minor). Probably late antique.

Evidence ID


Type of Evidence

Images and objects - Sculpture/reliefs

Inscriptions - Inscribed architectural elements

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

A white marble Corinthian capital with a carving of a woman with a child, kept in the library/museum of the city of Ereğli (inv. no. 32). The capital's cross section is square, W. 0.26 m. There are inscribed labels (letter height 0.02 m) to the right and to the left of the head of the depicted woman. Based on these labels Walter Ameling rightly identified the mother and child as the Virgin Mary and Jesus.


σωτήρ ἁγία

'Saviour' 'The Holy (Mother)'

I. Heraclea Pontica, no. 36.

Use of Images

Public display of an image


The Inscriptions of Heraclea Pontica, no. 36.

Reference works:
Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum 44, 1012.

Record Created By

Pawel Nowakowski

Date Last Modified


Related Saint Records
IDNameName in SourceIdentity
S00033Mary, Mother of ChristCertain

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