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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 on a boundary stone of a church dedicated to *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033). Found at ar-Raqqah (ancient Kallinikon; Osroene). Dated 590-602.

Evidence ID

E01730

Type of Evidence

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

+ ὥρος ἀσουλία-
ς ἐφιλοτιμη-
σετον τῆς ἁγ-
ίας Μαρίας
ἀκ τῶν εὐσεβε-
στ{υ}ά<τ>ον δεσπ-
ωτõν Μαυρικί(ου)
καὶ Θιαδωσί +
ου

ἐφιλοτιμη|σετον Feissel, ἐφιλοτιμη|σε τόν Jarry

'+ Boundary of the asylum site granted to (the church) of the Holy Mary by the most pious lords Maurice and Theodosi+us.'

Text: Jarry 1968, 63; lightly altered.

Cult Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Non Liturgical Activity

Seeking asylum at church/shrine
Awarding privileges to cult centres

Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Monarchs and their family

Source

A stone column shaft. There is no description of the object.

First published with a photograph by Jacques Jarry in 1968. We are grateful to Denis Feissel for providing us with a new reading of lines 2-3.


Discussion

The inscription marked the boundaries of the refuge zone of a church dedicated to Mary. The spelling of the text is very poor, even for a late antique inscription. Jarry supposes that the stone-cutter must have been a completely illiterate person, as he was unable to properly spell even set formulas, like the titles and names of emperors.

Dating: the date can be established by the occurrence of the names of the emperors Maurice and Theodosius. Their common reign falls in the period 590-602.


Bibliography

Edition:
Jarry, J., "Inscription gravée sur un fut de colonne", Les Annales Archeologiques Arabes Syriennes 18 (1968), 63-68.


Record Created By

Paweł Nowakowski

Date Last Modified

24/10/2017

Related Saint Records
IDNameName in SourceIdentity
S00033Mary, Mother of ChristΜαρίαCertain


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