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E02591: Floor-mosaic with a Greek inscription commemorating the laying of a mosaic and invoking a saint whose name is lost. Found near Mafraq (north Jordan/Roman province of Arabia). Probably 6th c.

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posted on 22.03.2017, 00:00 by Bryan
+ (?) ἐπὶ τοῦ θεοσεβοῦ Γεωργί[ου - - -]
ἐγένετο ἡ ψήφωσις· ἅγιε [- - -]

'+ Under the pious Georgios [- - -] was completed this mosaic. O, Saint [- - -]!'

Text: Gatier and Villeneuve 1993, no. 4.

History

Evidence ID

E02591

Saint Name

Saints, name wholly or largely lost : S01744

Type of Evidence

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

Language

Greek

Evidence not before

500

Evidence not after

650

Activity not before

500

Activity not after

650

Place of Evidence - Region

Arabia

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Mafraq

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

Mafraq Sakkaia / Maximianopolis Σακκαια Sakkaia Saccaea Eaccaea Maximianopolis Shaqqa Schaqqa Shakka

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Prayer/supplication/invocation

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - lesser clergy Ecclesiastics - abbots

Source

Fragmentary mosaic panel. There is no published description. Seen and copied by a French traveller near Mafraq in north Jordan and first published by Pierre-Louis Gatier and François Villeneuve in 1993.

Discussion

Gatier and Villeneuve suggest that our Georgios could be a priest or an abbot (higoumenos). The identity of the invoked saint is not known.

Bibliography

Edition: Gatier, P.-L., Villeneuve, F., "Nouvelles mosaïques inscrites de Jordanie", Syria 70 (1993), 3-11, no. 4. Reference works: Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum 45, 2031.

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