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.
Inscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.)
+ ὥρος ἀσουλία-
σετον τῆς ἁγ-
ἀκ τῶν εὐσεβε-
καὶ Θιαδωσί +
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 building - independent (church)Non Liturgical Activity
Seeking asylum at church/shrineProtagonists in Cult and Narratives
Awarding privileges to cult centres
Monarchs and their family
SourceA 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.
DiscussionThe 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.
Jarry, J., "Inscription gravée sur un fut de colonne", Les Annales Archeologiques Arabes Syriennes 18 (1968), 63-68.
|ID||Name||Name in Source||Identity||S00033||Mary, Mother of Christ||Μαρία||Certain|
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