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E00910: Greek inscription on a boundary stone of a church of *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033). Found at Dorylaion (Phrygia, west central Asia Minor). Probably 6th c.

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(christogram) ὅ[ρος]
τῆς
ἁγίας
Μαρί-
ας

'(christogram) Boundary (of the church) of the Holy Mary.'

Text: Armanet 1904, no. 22.
Evidence -  The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity

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Evidence ID

E00910

Saint Name

Mary, Mother of Christ : S00033

Saint Name in Source

Μαρία

Type of Evidence

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

Language

Greek

Evidence not before

500

Evidence not after

600

Activity not before

500

Activity not after

600

Place of Evidence - Region

Asia Minor

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Dorylaion

Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Dorylaion Nicomedia Νικομήδεια Nikomēdeia Izmit Πραίνετος Prainetos Nicomedia

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Awarding privileges to cult centres

Source

A cubic block used as a boundary stone, found in a yard near a local market at Eskişehir, ancient Dorylaion (Phrygia, central Asia Minor). All dimensions: c. 1.68 m. The inscription occupies its upper part. Dimensions of the text field: H. 0.19 m; W. 0.03 m.

Discussion

This is a rare case, in which Mary is called by her name and the epithet ἁγία (holy), while she is usually addressed in Anatolia as the God-Bearer (Θεοτόκος). Though this inscription does not say so explicitly, boundary stones were usually bestowed upon sanctuaries by emperors. For a boundary stone with a similar formula, see: E01219.

Bibliography

Edition: Armanet, C., "Inscriptions de Dorylée", Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique 28 (1904), no. 22. Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae database, no. 1416: http://www.epigraph.topoi.org/ica/icamainapp/inscription/show/1416 Further reading: Haspels, E.C., The Highlands of Phrygia (Princeton : Princeton University Press, 1971), 211, note 36. Monumenta Asiae Minoris Antiqua V, Lists I(i), 182, no. 130.

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