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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


Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Funerary inscriptions

Α̣ΚΙ . Ε̣Ο̣Υ
̣λ[ο]̣ς τῆ-
ς Θεοτόκου
τος υὑὸς

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

Text: Walser 2013, no. 29.

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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.


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).


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:

Reference works:
Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum 63, 1189.

Record Created By

Pawel Nowakowski

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Related Saint Records
IDNameName in SourceIdentity
S00033Mary, Mother of ChristΘεοτόκοςCertain

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