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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 labelling a sarcophagus owned by a monastery named after *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033) as the God-Bearer. Found at Korykos/Corycus (Cilicia, south-east Asia Minor). Probably late 5th or 6th c.

Evidence ID


Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Funerary inscriptions

+ σοματ<ο>- (cross in a circle) θίκι μο-
νῆς τῖς Θεοτόκου

'+ Sarcophagus of the monastery of the God-Bearer.'

MAMA III, no. 779.

Cult Places

Cult building - monastic

Places Named after Saint



The lid of a sarcophagus. Letter height 0.07 m. A further inscription, carved on the side of the sarcophagus, states that a certain presbyter Porphyrios was buried in the tomb. Recorded at Korykos in 1891 by Edward Hicks and in 1914 by Adolf Wilhelm.


The inscription labels a sarcophagus owned by a monastery named after Mary as the God-Bearer.

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 628.

Monumenta Asiae Minoris Antiqua III, no. 779.

Record Created By

Pawel Nowakowski

Date Last Modified


Related Saint Records
IDNameName in SourceIdentity
S00033Mary, Mother of ChristΘεοτόκοςCertain

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