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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


Type of Evidence

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

+ ..ρα
[ἅ]γιος Μιχαήλ

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

Text: Waddington 1870, no. 2263.

Non Liturgical Activity



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.


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.


IGLS 16, no. 906 (forthcoming).

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


Waddington's transcription. From: LBW, 524.

Record Created By

Paweł Nowakowski

Date Last Modified


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

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