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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity

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

Fragment of a Coptic funerary inscription from Wadi Sarga (Upper Egypt), with an invocation of *Mary (S00033) and *Adam (S00772); datable to the 7th/8th century.

Evidence ID


Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Funerary inscriptions

I.Sarga 34

[ ⲧⲉⲛ]ⲙⲁⲩ ⲙⲁⲣⲓⲁ ⲡⲉⲛⲉⲓⲱⲧ ⲁⲇⲁⲙ ⲁⲣⲓ ⲡⲙ[ⲉⲉⲩ]ⲉ̣ …

‘[…our] mother Mary, our father Adam, remember …
(details of deceased individual to be protected are lost).

Text and translation: W. E. Crum, modified.

Cult Places

Cult building - unspecified
Cult building - monastic

Non Liturgical Activity



The inscription was found at Wadi Sarga and is now housed in the British Museum in London.


Text and translation:
Bell, H.I. and Crum, W.E., Wadi Sarga: Coptic and Greek Texts from the Excavations Undertaken by the Byzantine Research Account (Copenhagen: Gyldendalske Boghandel-Nordisk Forlag, 1922), 63.

Record Created By

Gesa Schenke

Date Last Modified


Related Saint Records
IDNameName in SourceIdentity
S00033Mary, Mother of ChristⲙⲁⲣⲓⲁCertain
S00772Adam and Zoe/EveⲁⲇⲁⲙCertain

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