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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 churches from Arsinoe (Fayum) including a church of *Dorotheos (possibly the Arian bishop of Antioch and Constantinople, ob. c. 407, S00717, or the martyr of Nicomedia, S00242) and a church of *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033); datable to the 6th/7th century.

Evidence ID


Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - List

Late antique original manuscripts - Papyrus sheet

SB 1 5129:

Only three churches dedicated to saints are preserved on this fragmentary papyrus document, the saint's name for the last church is lost:

[ἐκ]κλησία τοῦ ἁγίο(υ) Δωροθέου
[ἐκ]κλησί(α) τῆ(ς) ἁγίας Θεοδόκου
[ἐκ]κλησί(α) τοῦ Σωτῆρος
τῆ[ς] μεγάλ(ης) ἐκκλησ(ίας)
ἐκκλησίας τοῦ ἁγίου   ̣  ̣  ̣  ̣

'church of saint Dorotheus
church of the holy Mother of God
church of the Saviour
of the great church
of the church of saint ...'

A full record of the document can be found at:;1;5129

Cult Places

Cult building - independent (church)


Paris, Louvre 7384.



Record Created By

Gesa Schenke

Date Last Modified


Related Saint Records
IDNameName in SourceIdentity
S00033Mary, Mother of Christἡ ΘεοδόκοςCertain
S00242Dorotheos, martyr of NicomediaΔωροθέοςUncertain
S00717Dorotheos, Arian bishop of Antioch and Constantinople, ob. c. 407ΔωροθέοςUncertain
S01744Saints, name lost or very partially preservedCertain

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Gesa Schenke, Cult of Saints, E04518 -