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E02704: Greek building inscription for an unnamed martyr shrine (martyrion). Found at al-Mu'azzaq near 'Udruh and Tafila/probably ancient Augustopolis, to the east of Petra (Jordan/Roman province of Palaestina III). Probably 6th-7th c.

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posted on 14.04.2017, 00:00 by pnowakowski
In 1991 Michele Piccirillo published a short note on a stone architrave/lintel with a Greek inscription commemorating the construction of a martyr shrine (martyrion) during the episcopacy of an unspecified bishop: '[el Mu'ezzeq]: In quest'ultima località è stato scoperto un architrave con iscrizioni dove resta traccia del nome di un vescovo al tempo del quale furono costruiti un martyrion ed un cimitero.' The stone was found at al-Mu'azzaq, close to the presumed site of ancient Augustopolis (modern 'Udruh or Tafila) in the Roman province of Palaestina III. As far as we know the inscription is still unpublished, or, possibly, it is identical with our E02599.

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Evidence ID

E02704

Saint Name

Unnamed martyrs (or name lost) : S00060

Type of Evidence

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

Language

Greek

Evidence not before

500

Evidence not after

700

Activity not before

500

Activity not after

700

Place of Evidence - Region

Palestine with Sinai Palestine with Sinai Palestine with Sinai

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Augustopolis al-Mu'azzaq Petra

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

Augustopolis Caesarea Maritima Καισάρεια Kaisareia Caesarea Kayseri Turris Stratonis al-Mu'azzaq Caesarea Maritima Καισάρεια Kaisareia Caesarea Kayseri Turris Stratonis Petra Caesarea Maritima Καισάρεια Kaisareia Caesarea Kayseri Turris Stratonis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Construction of cult buildings

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - bishops

Bibliography

Further reading: Michel, A., Les églises d'époque byzantine et umayyade de Jordanie (provinces d'Arabie et de Palestine), Ve-VIIIe siècle: typologie architecturale et aménagements liturgiques (avec catalogue des monuments; préface de Noël Duval; premessa di Michele Piccirillo) (Bibliothèque de l'Antiquité tardive 2, Turnhout: Brepols, 2001), 421. Piccirillo, M., I mosaici di Giordania: [catalogue of an exhibition], Castello di Malpaga, Cavernago - Bergamo, marzo-giugno 1991 (Jerusalem: Studium Biblicum Franciscanum, 1991), 122-123.

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