University of Oxford

File(s) not publicly available

E01078: Greek inscription labelling a tomb owned by a house of ascetics (asketerion) of *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033) venerated as the God-Bearer. Found at Anazarbos (Cilicia, south-east Asia Minor). Probably 6th c. or later.

online resource
posted on 2016-01-13, 00:00 authored by pnowakowski
On a wall in a small niche in the rock-face:

+ μνῆμα διαφέρον
τοῦ ἀσκιτηρίου τῖς Θεο-
τόκου· ἔχι τὸ ἀνάθεμα,
ἴ τις δίχα τõν κυρίον
ἀνύγι αὐτό +

'+ Tomb belonging to the house of ascetics (askiterion) of the God-Bearer. May everyone who opens it, without the consent of the owners, be cursed. +'

Text: I. Anazarbos, no. 646.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Mary, Mother of Christ : S00033

Saint Name in Source


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)

Anazarba Nicomedia Νικομήδεια Nikomēdeia Izmit Πραίνετος Prainetos Nicomedia

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - monastic

Cult activities - Places Named after Saint

  • Monastery


Engraved on a wall in a 5 m deep and 2 m wide niche in the rock-face over the theatre at Anazabra. Seen and copied by Adolf Wilhelm in the spring of 1891.


The inscription labels a tomb owned by a house of ascetics (asketerion) of Mary, venerated here as the God-Bearer. Dating: 6th c. or later (based on the style of lettering, the spelling and syntax).


Edition: Die Inschriften von Anazarbos und Umgebung, no. 646. Heberdey, R., Wilhelm, A., Kiepert H., Reisen in Kilikien (Denkschriften der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Philosophisch-historische Classe, Bd. 44, Abh. 6, Vienna: In Commission bei C. Gerold's Sohn, 1896), no. 93. Further reading: Mietke, G., "Monumentalisierung christilcher Heiliger in Kilikien in frühbyzantinischer Zeit", Olba 17 (2009), 120.

Usage metrics

    Evidence -  The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity