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E01070: Label of a tomb apparently owned by a church of *Mamas (probably the martyr of Kaisareia/Caesarea in Cappadocia, S00436) and a certain saint *Makedonios. Found at Korykos/Corycus (Cilicia, south-east Asia Minor). Probably late 5th or 6th c.

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posted on 2016-01-08, 00:00 authored by pnowakowski
σωματοθίκι δια-
φέροτα τοῦ ἁγίου Μα-
μᾶ (καὶ) Μακεδονίου

'Sarcophagus belonging to (the church) of Saint Mamas (and) Makedonios.'

Text: MAMA III, no. 786.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Mamas, martyr in Kaisareia/Caesarea of Cappadocia : S00436 Makedonios (unpsecified) : S00669

Saint Name in Source

Μαμᾶς Μακεδόνιος

Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Funerary inscriptions


  • 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)

Korykos Nicomedia Νικομήδεια Nikomēdeia Izmit Πραίνετος Prainetos Nicomedia

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - independent (church)


The lid of a sarcophagus, found at Korykos. Letter height 0.085 m. Recorded in 1925.


The inscription labels a tomb as the property of a certain 'holy Mamas and Makedonios'. This is presumably a reference to a church dedicated to a pair of saints: probably Mamas, martyr of Caesarea in Cappadocia, and Makedonios, presumably another Anatolian or Syrian saint, or to two churches that shared the tomb. Another, less plausible, possibility is that the term ἅγιος / 'holy' was used in the meaning 'of blessed memory' and referred to ordinary deceased Christians (see Laminger-Pascher 1973). Dating: probably late 5th or 6th c. (based on the style of the lettering and sarcophagus).


Edition: Hagel, St., Tomaschitz, K., (eds.), Repertorium der westkilikischen Inschriften (Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Denkschriften der philosophisch-historischen Klasse 265, Ergänzungsbände zu den Tituli Asiae Minoris 22, Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1998), no. Kry 468. Monumenta Asiae Minoris Antiqua III, no. 786. 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), 106. Halkin, F., "Inscriptions grecques relatives à l'hagiographie, IX, Asie Mineure", Analecta Bollandiana 71 (1953), 89. Mietke, G., "Monumentalisierung christilcher Heiliger in Kilikien in frühbyzantinischer Zeit", Olba 17 (2009), 121. Samellas, A., Death in the Eastern Mediterranean (50-600 A.D.). The Christianization of the East: An Interpretation (Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum 12, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2002), 257, note 2.

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