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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity

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

Fragmentary Greek building inscription possibly for a church, perhaps dedicated to *George (soldier and martyr, S00259) or *Sergios (soldier and martyr of Rusafa, S00023). Found at Garion/Ghoūr to the west of Ḥimṣ/Emesa (northwest Phoenicia). Dated 497.

Evidence ID


Type of Evidence

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

[ὁ οἶκος τοῦ ἁγ(ίου) Γεωρ(?)]γίου ἐθεμηλ(ιώθη) μη(νὸς) Δισίου κʹ, τοῦ ηωʹ

[ὁ οἶκος τοῦ ἁγ(ίου) Γεωρ(?)]γίου Lammens, Γεωρ(?)]γίου or Σερ(?)]γίου Mouterde || ἐθεμ(ελιώθ)ηλ Δ<α>ισίου κ(αὶ) τοῦ ἔτου ηω΄ Lammens

'[The church (
oikos) of Saint Geor(?)]ge (or: Ser]gios) was founded in the month of Daisios, in (the year) 808.'

IGLS 5, no. 2153.

Cult Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Non Liturgical Activity

Construction of cult buildings


Jalabert, L., Mouterde, R., Mondésert, C., Les inscriptions grecques et latines de la Syrie, vol. 5: Émésène (BAH 66, Paris: P. Guethner, 1959), no. 2143.

Lammens, H., "Le pays des Nosairis. Itinéraire et notes archéologiques",
Le musée belge: revue de philologie classique 4 (1900), 292, no. 18.

Further reading:
Leclercq, H., "Nosairis", DACL, col. 1621.

Lammens, H., Rev. Or. chr. 5 (1900), 140.

Record Created By

Paweł Nowakowski

Date Last Modified


Related Saint Records
IDNameName in SourceIdentity
S00023Sergios, soldier and martyr of RusafaUncertain
S00259George, soldier and martyr, and CompanionsUncertain

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