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The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity


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


Name

Sophia, personified Holy Wisdom

Saint ID

S00705

Gender
Female
Type of Saint
Related Evidence Records
IDTitle
E00450The Piacenza Pilgrim records his visit to the place from which the prophet *Elijah (Old Testament prophet, S00217) was taken into heaven, and mentions a miraculous cloud which travels from the river Jordan to sit over the basilica of *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033), and of *Sophia (personified Holy Wisdom, S00705) in Jerusalem. Account of an anonymous pilgrim, written in Latin, probably in Placentia (northern Italy), c. 570.
E00467The Piacenza Pilgrim records his visit to a basilica of holy *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033), its hospices for pilgrims and the sick, and the basilica of *Sophia (personified Holy Wisdom, S00705), all in Jerusalem. Account of an anonymous pilgrim, written in Latin, probably in Placentia (northern Italy), c. 570.
E02062Floor-mosaics with Greek inscriptions commemorating the foundation, the completion, and paving of a church (naos) dedicated to Holy Wisdom (Hagia Sophia, S00705). Found at Riḥāb, between Bostra and Gerasa/Jerash (Jordan/the Roman province of Arabia). Dated 604.
E02108Greek inscription commemorating the foundation and completion of a church (naos) dedicated to Holy Wisdom (Hagia Sophia, S00705). Found at Izra/Zorava near Bostra (Roman province of Arabia). Dated 601/602.
E02663Floor-mosaic with a Greek inscription commemorating the paving of an oratory (eukterion) dedicated to *Holy Wisdom (Hagia Sophia, S00705). Found at Zaghrit near Gerasa/Jerash (Jordan/Roman province of Arabia). Dated 542/543.
E03967The Church Calendar of Ioane Zosime, compiled in Georgian in the 10th c., based however on 5th-7th c.prototypes from Palestine, commemorates on 23 December the dedication of Justinian's church of *Sophia, (personified Holy Wisdom, S00705) in Constantinople, Stephen the Sabaite, 8th c. monk of Mar Saba Monastery and *Ten Martyrs of Crete (S00823).
E05306John Moschus, in his Spiritual Meadow (106), mentions the churches in Alexandria (Lower Egypt) of *Sophia (presumably Holy Wisdom, S00705) and of *Phaustos (martyr of Alexandria , S00299). Written in Greek, probably in Rome, in the 620s or 630s.
E07159Procopius of Caesarea, in his Secret History, written in 550/562, recounts how Photius, foster son of Belisarius, when trying to escape house arrest imposed on him by the empress Theodora, sought asylum in the churches of *Mary (Mother of Christ; S00033) and *Sophia (Holy Wisdom, S00705). Photius had also a vision of *Zechariah (Old Testament Prophet, S00283) who bade him escape to Jerusalem. Written in Greek in Constantinople.
E07920Theodosius, in his On the Topography of the Holy Land, in his list of holy sites within Jerusalem, notes churches of *Peter (the Apostle, S00036), and of *Sophia (personified Holy Wisdom, S00705). Written in Latin, perhaps in Africa, 518/540.