Saint NameDionysios, martyr of Kyrrhos/Cyrrhus : S00850
Saint Name in SourceΔιονύσιος
Type of EvidenceLiterary - Hagiographical - Monastic collections (apophthegmata, etc.)
Evidence not before430
Evidence not after450
Activity not before430
Activity not after450
Place of Evidence - RegionSyria with Phoenicia
Place of Evidence - City, village, etcKyrrhos/Cyrrhus/Hagioupolis
Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)Kyrrhos/Cyrrhus/Hagioupolis
Major author/Major anonymous workTheodoret of Cyrrhus, Religious History
Cult activities - PlacesCult building - independent (church)
SourceIn this work Theodoret presents an account of the lives and accomplishments of Christian holy men and women, who lived during the fourth and fifth centuries. Most of the ascetics described by Theodoret were active in Syria, with the region of Cyrrhestica as the most prominent setting.
For a full discussion, see E00418.
DiscussionA boundary stone, probably related to this shrine, was found in 1907 by Franz Cumont, see: E01615.
In 2018 Wojciech Nadobnik suggested that this passage and the church of Dionysios attested by the boundary stone refer to one and the same building which could be identified with the northwestern church of Cyrrhus, situated next to the city wall. His argument is based on the fact that, so-far, this is the only church in the city which has an enclosure, whereas one could expect such a structure in a church bestowed with the privilege of asylum. As a parallel, he cites the church of Saint Thalelaios (E02005), likewise within an enclosure, and with boundary stones granted by Anastasius.
Canivet, P., and Leroy-Molinghen, A. (eds.), Théodoret de Cyr. Histoire des moines de Syrie. 2 vols (Sources chrétiennes 234, 257; Paris: Éditions du Cerf, 1977, 1979).
Price, R.M. (trans.), A History of the Monks of Syria by Theodoret of Cyrrhus (Cistercian Studies Series 88; Kalamazoo, Michigan: Cistercian Publications, 1985).
Nadobnik, W., "Kościół męczennika Dionizego w Cyrze (Nebi Houri, Syria) - próba identyfikacji [= The church of the martyr Dionysius in Cyrrhus (Nebi Houri, Syria), an attempt of identification]", Symbolae Philologorum Posnaniensium Graecae et Latinae 28 (2018), 57-64.