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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity

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

An unpublished fragmentary inscription with remnants of a poem, perhaps praising the seizure of a church dedicated to *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033) in Tyre by the Chalcedonians. Found in Tyre (west Phoenicia). Probably 6th c.

Evidence ID


Type of Evidence

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

Literary - Poems

In 2005, on page 524 of his paper 'Tyr aux derniers siècles paléochrétiens: autour du synode de 518', Jean-Paul Rey-Coquais mentioned two fragmentarily preserved inscriptions on broken marble plaques with remnants of two epigrams, found in Tyre. The first, he says, might have praised the illumination by baptism and teachings administered to catechumens. The other seems to have contained a prayer, addressed to God, asked to support the faithful, and mentioned abominations, victory, and penalties. Rey-Coquais supposes that this poem could have celebrated the seizure of a church dedicated to Mary (perhaps the cathedral church of the city) by the Chalcedonians.

Cult Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics – unspecified

Theorising on Sanctity

Using saints to assert ecclesiastical/political status


Further reading:
J.-P. Rey-Coquais, “Tyr aux derniers siècles paléochrétiens: autour du synode de 518”, Mélanges de l'Université Saint-Joseph (Beyrouth, Lebanon) 58 (2005), 523-524.

Reference works:
Bulletin épigraphique (2006), 464.

Record Created By

Paweł Nowakowski

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Related Saint Records
IDNameName in SourceIdentity
S00033Mary, Mother of ChristCertain

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