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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity


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Fragmentary Greek inscription invoking *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033) and the *Michael (the Archangel, S00181). Found at Sala/Saleh, near Bostra (Jordan/Roman province of Arabia). Probably 6th-7th c.

Evidence ID

E02682

Type of Evidence

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

+ ..ρα
Μαρία,
[ἅ]γιος Μιχαήλ


'+ [- - -] Mary, Saint Michael!'

Text: Waddington 1870, no. 2263.

Non Liturgical Activity

Prayer/supplication/invocation

Source

Reportedly framed by a large rectangle or a tabula ansata. There is no published description. Seen by William Waddington in the 1860s, and first published by him 1870 with virtually no comments. The inscription is scheduled for re-redition in the sixteenth volume of Inscriptions grecques et latines de la Syrie, under no. 906.

Discussion

The inscription invokes Mary (if this is not a donor's name, e.g. ̣Κ̣υρὰ | Μαρία/'Kyra Maria') and certainly the Archangel Michael. We do not know if the Archangel *Gabriel was also mentioned, but this is plausible, as the three figures often occur together.

Dating: there is no reliable way to date the text, but in this region invocations of Mary and Michael are characteristic of the 6th and 7th centuries.


Bibliography

Edition:
IGLS 16, no. 906 (forthcoming).

Waddington, W.H.,
Inscriptions grecques et latines de la Syrie (Paris: Firmin Didot Frères, Libraires-Éditeurs, 1870), no. 2263.

Images



Waddington's transcription. From: LBW, 524.
























Record Created By

Paweł Nowakowski

Date Last Modified

14/11/2017

Related Saint Records
IDNameName in SourceIdentity
S00033Mary, Mother of ChristΜαρίαCertain
S00181Michael, the ArchangelΜιχαήλCertain


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