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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity

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

Greek list of tax payments from Aphrodito (Upper Egypt), mentioning an institution dedicated to *Herakleios (S01785) and another dedicated to *Mary (presumably Mother of Christ, S00033); datable to the 8th century.

Evidence ID


Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Fiscal document

Late antique original manuscripts - Papyrus sheet

P.Lond 4 1474

In Line 17 and 18 institutions dedicated to Herakleios and Mary are mentioned:

Ἁγίου Ἡρακλίου

'of saint Herakleios'

Ἁγί(ας) Μαρία(ς)

'of saint Mary'

For a complete record of the document see:;4;1474

Cult Places

Cult building - unspecified


London, British Library Pap 1477.


Bell, H.I., and Crum, W.E., Greek Papyri in the British Museum. London IV: The Aphrodito Papyri (London, 1910).

Record Created By

Gesa Schenke

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Related Saint Records
IDNameName in SourceIdentity
S00033Mary, Mother of Christ ΜαρίαUncertain
S00937Heraklides, Egyptian martyr tried by Armenius in Alexandria ἩράκλιοςUncertain
S01785Herakleios, saint with cult in Aphrodito ἩράκλιοςCertain

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