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Fragmentary Greek inscription with a reference to *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033), as the Theotokos/God-Bearer. Found at Adrassos (Isauria, southern Asia Minor). Probably 5th or 6th c.

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Type of Evidence

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

Θεοτόκου [- - -] ̣Η
̣ὸν ἐπίσκοπο̣ν Φ
̣ΙΩΝΙΟ̣Ε̣Λ [- - -] Γ̣Ο

'[- - -] of the God-Bearer [- - -] the bishop Ph[- - -]'

Text: Tomaschitz 1998, no. 45.

Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - bishops


Fragmentary yellow limestone slab. H. 0.66 m; W. 0.65 m. Apparently reused in a building already in Late Antiquity. Found at Dağ Pazarı, the site of ancient Adrassos (Isauria, south-eastern Asia Minor).


Dating: probably after 431 (when references to the Theotokos become common).


Hagel, St., Tomaschitz, K., (eds.), Repertorium der westkilikischen Inschriften (Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Denkschriften der philosophisch-historischen Klasse 265, Ergänzungsbände zu den Tituli Asiae Minoris 22, Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1998), no. Dpz 9.

Tomaschitz, K. (ed.),
Unpublizierte Inschriften Westkilikiens aus dem Nachlass Terence B. Mitfords (Ergänzungsbände zu den Tituli Asiae Minoris 21, Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1998), no. 45.

Further reading:
Mietke, G., "Monumentalisierung christilcher Heiliger in Kilikien in frühbyzantinischer Zeit", Olba 17 (2009), 120.

Reference works:
Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum 48, 1748.

Record Created By

Pawel Nowakowski

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Related Saint Records
IDNameName in SourceIdentity
S00033Mary, Mother of ChristΘεοτόκοςCertain

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