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E01927: Greek inscription marking a church (oikos) of Sergios (soldier and martyr of Rusafa, S00023) and invoking his help for unnamed emperors. Found at Ḥamāh/Amathe (central Syria). Probably the 6th c.

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Line 3: [+ ὁ] οἶκος οὗτος το-
Line 2: [ῦ ἁγί]ου Σεργίου. + ἅγιε
Line 1: [βο]ήθι ̣τ(οῖς) Ἀγούστο[ις]

'[+] This is the house (oikos = church) of [Saint] Sergios. + O Saint, help the emperors!'

Text: IGLS 5, no. 2004.

History

Evidence ID

E01927

Saint Name

Sergios, martyr in Syria, ob. 303-311 : S00023

Saint Name in Source

Σέργιος

Image Caption 1

Drawing. From: IGLS 5, 18.

Type of Evidence

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

Language

Greek

Evidence not before

500

Evidence not after

750

Activity not before

500

Activity not after

750

Place of Evidence - Region

Syria with Phoenicia

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Ḥamāh

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

Ḥamāh Thabbora Thabbora

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Prayer/supplication/invocation

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Monarchs and their family

Source

Stone slab, reused in a wall. Inscription in low-relief. Some letters are inverted, the order of lines is also unusual. The text should be read apparently from the last line.

Discussion

Mouterde plausibly noted that this inscription implied the existence of a church dedicated to Sergios in Ḥamāh/Amathe.

Bibliography

Edition: Jalabert, L., Mouterde, R., Mondésert, C., Les inscriptions grecques et latines de la Syrie, vol. 5: Émésène (BAH 66, Paris: P. Guethner, 1959), no. 2004. Lidzbarski, M., Ephem. f. sem. Epigr., III, 1909-1915, 182-183, N, fig. 22. Further reading: Mouterde, R., "", MUSJ 11 (1926), 366.

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