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Greek epitaph for a woman that was a 'servant of God and of the God-Bearer' (*Mary, Mother of Christ, S00033). Found near Tavium (Galatia, central Asia Minor). Probably 6th c. or later.

Evidence ID


Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Funerary inscriptions

ἔνθα κα-
ἡ δούλι τοῦ
θ(εο)ῦ κ(αὶ) τῖς Θε-
οτόκου Ἐντολοῦς
πλισίον τῆς

'Here lies Entolous, servant of God and of the God-Bearer, next to her sister.'

Text and translation:
I. North Galatia , no. 432, lightly modified.

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A stone block, reused in a wall of the house at Büyüknefes (area of ancient Tavium, Galatia, central Asia Minor) mentioned in E01009. H. 0.6 m; W. 0.43 m.


The inscription is the epitaph for an otherwise unattested woman, styled 'servant of God and of the God-Bearer (Theotokos)'.

Dating: 6th c. or later (based on the contents, the occurrence of the 'servant-of-saint' formula, and letter forms).


I. North Galatia, no. 432.

Jacopi, G.,
Dalla Paflagonia alla Commagene. Relazione sulla prima campagna esplorativa (Settembre 1935-XIII-Novembre 1935-XIV) (Rome: R. Instituto d'archeologia e storia dell'arte, 1936), 15, no. 2.

Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae database, no. 2446:

Record Created By

Pawel Nowakowski

Date Last Modified


Related Saint Records
IDNameName in SourceIdentity
S00033Mary, Mother of ChristΘεοτόκοςCertain

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