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E00802: Fragment of a Greek building inscription of a martyr shrine of *George (soldier and martyr, S00259) found near Kastollos (Lydia, western Asia Minor), probably late antique (4th-8th c.).

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posted on 2015-10-20, 00:00 authored by pnowakowski
[- - -] ἔκτισα τὸ μαρτύριον τοῦ ἁγίου Γεωργ[ίου - - -]

1. Γεωργί[ου] Buresch, Γεωργίου Grégoire

'[- - -] I built the martyr shrine of Saint Georg[e - - -].'

Text: TAM V/3, no. 1530.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

George, martyr in Nicomedia or Diospolis, ob. c. 303 : S00259

Saint Name in Source


Type of Evidence

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


  • Greek

Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Asia Minor

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc


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

Kastōllos Nicomedia Νικομήδεια Nikomēdeia Izmit Πραίνετος Prainetos Nicomedia

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Construction of cult buildings


Curved piece of marble found near a stable in a private house in Başıbüyük, close to the supposed site of Kastōllos. Preserved dimensions: H. 0,24 m; W. 1,28 m; Th. 0,45 m.


Based on the shape of the stone on which the inscription is carved, its editors, Josef Keil and Georg Petzl, hypothesise that the martyr shrine was a small circular building, c. 4 m in diameter (see TAM V 1, p. 75; TAM V 3, p. 106).


Edition: Tituli Asiae Minoris V/3, no. 1530. Tituli Asiae Minoris V/1, no. 229. Grégoire, H. (ed.), Recueil des inscriptions grecques chrétiennes d'Asie Mineure, vol. 1 (Paris: Leroux, 1922), no. 341(bis). Buresch, K., Aus Lydien. Epigraphisch-geographische Reisefrüchte, hinterlassen von Karl Buresch, eds. O. Ribbeck, H. Kiepert (Leipzig: B.G. Teubner, 1898. Reprint: Hildesheim 1977), 108-109, no. 49. Further Reading: Destephen, S., "Martyrs locaux et cultes civiques en Asie Mineure", in: J.C. Caillet, S. Destephen, B. Dumézil, H. Inglebert, Des dieux civiques aux saints patrons (IVe-VIIe siècle) (Paris: éditions A. & J. Picard, 2015), 90. Halkin, F., "Inscriptions grecques relatives à l'hagiographie, IX, Asie Mineure", Analecta Bollandiana 71 (1953), 82.

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