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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity


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


Greek epitaph for a servant of *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033), as the God-Bearer. Found at Germia (Galatia, central Asia Minor). Probably late 5th-6th c.

Evidence ID

E01151

Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Funerary inscriptions

Α̣ΚΙ . Ε̣Ο̣Υ
δο<ῦ>
̣λ[ο]̣ς τῆ-
ς Θεοτόκου
Θεώπενπ-
τος υὑὸς
Ἰωάνου
̣δεκανοῦ
+

'[- - -] se<r>v[a]nt of the God-Bearer, Theopemptos, son of Ioannes,
dekanos. +'

Text: Walser 2013, no. 29.

Non Liturgical Activity

Cultic confraternities

Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Children
Officials

Source

A stone cube. Probably broken and lost on top. There is no detailed description of the object. Found at Gömüş Konak/Yürme (ancient Germia). When recorded, it was reused in a wall. Now covered with plaster. Below the inscription there is a carving of a cross.

Discussion

This poorly preserved inscription is the epitaph for a certain Theopemptos, styled the servant of the God-Bearer (Theotokos). His father, Ioannes, was a dekanos, i.e. a member of an association, dekania, probably providing burial services (see: E00780).

Dating: probably late 5th-6th c. (based on the lettering and contents).


Bibliography

Edition:
Walser, A.V., "Kaiserzeitliche und frühbyzantinische Inschriften aus der Region von Germia in Nordwestgalatien", Chiron 43 (2013), no. 29.

Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae database, no. 2354: http://www.epigraph.topoi.org/ica/icamainapp/inscription/show/2354

Reference works:
Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum 63, 1189.


Record Created By

Pawel Nowakowski

Date Last Modified

22/10/2017

Related Saint Records
IDNameName in SourceIdentity
S00033Mary, Mother of ChristΘεοτόκοςCertain


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