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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity

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Greek inscription labelling a sarcophagus owned by a burial club or charitable institution named after *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033) as the God-Bearer, perhaps affiliated to a church dedicated to the saint. Found at Korykos/Corycus (Cilicia, south-east Asia Minor). Probably late 5th or 6th c.

Evidence ID


Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Funerary inscriptions

διαφέρουσα +
τοῦ φηληα
τῆς Θεωτώκου

'Sarcophagus belonging + to the fellowship of the God-Bearer of Korykos.'

MAMA III, no. 780a.

Cult Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Places Named after Saint

Hospital and other charitable institutions

Non Liturgical Activity

Saint as patron - of a community
Cultic confraternities


A sarcophagus. The inscription is framed within a tabula ansata. Letter height 0.05 m. To the right of our inscription there is a further one, announcing that the tomb was set up under the archons Theoktistos and Tarasios, who are otherwise unattested. Recorded at Korykos (south-eastern Asia Minor) in 1914.


The inscription labels a tomb at Korykos, owned by a guild, named after *Mary as the God-Bearer, perhaps affiliated to a church dedicated to the saint. The guild is called φιλιακόν, which literally means 'a friendly association', and may designate a burial club, raising funds for burials of its members. For a commentary on the term φιλιακόν, see E01029.

Inscriptions presented in record E01062 show that another φιλιακόν, this time named after Saint *Charitina, was also active at the city.

Dating: probably late 5th or 6th c. (based on the style of the lettering and sarcophagus).


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. Kry 299a.

Monumenta Asiae Minoris Antiqua III, no. 780a.

Record Created By

Pawel Nowakowski

Date Last Modified


Related Saint Records
IDNameName in SourceIdentity
S00033Mary, Mother of ChristΘεωτώκοςCertain

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