Saint NameGeorge, martyr in Nicomedia or Diospolis, ob. c. 303 : S00259
Saint Name in SourceΓεόργιος
Image Caption 1Drawing. From: IGLS 5, 123.
Type of EvidenceInscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.)
Evidence not before500
Evidence not after750
Activity not before500
Activity not after750
Place of Evidence - RegionSyria with Phoenicia
Place of Evidence - City, village, etcḤimṣ/Emesa
Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)Ḥimṣ/Emesa
Cult activities - PlacesCult building - independent (church)
SourceFragment of a basalt lintel. Preserved dimensions: H. 0.17 m; W. 0.40 m. Letter height 0.09 m. Letters in low relief.
Recorded in a house in Ḥimṣ/Emesa by René Mouterde and published by him with a drawing in 1959.
DiscussionThe actual purpose of this inscription is not clear but it might mention a church dedicated to George.
Dating: George usually appears in dated Syriac inscriptions only in the 6th c. There is no other way to suggest a plausible date for this text.
Jalabert, L., Mouterde, R., Mondésert, C., Les inscriptions grecques et latines de la Syrie, vol. 5: Émésène (BAH 66, Paris: P. Guethner, 1959), no. 2227.