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E01723: A low-relief carving of *Isidoros (soldier and martyr of Chios, S00425). Found at the island of Chios (the Aegean Islands). Exact provenance unknown. Perhaps late antique.

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posted on 2016-07-13, 00:00 authored by pnowakowski
A marble plaque with a low-relief carving of the bust of a male saint, within a medallion. Seen and copied by Georgios Zolotas in the Museum of the Gymnasium in Chios. Exact provenance unknown. There is no published description of the image.

Based on the label (which clearly bears the letters ΙCΙΔΟ/ISIDO), Georgios Soteriou identified the saint as Isidoros, a local martyr of Chios, whose cult was known, for example, to Gregory of Tours in the late 6th c. (see: E00654).

Dating: possibly late antique, but perhaps more likely middle Byzantine.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Isidore, martyr of Chios, ob. 249/251 : S00425

Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Inscribed architectural elements Images and objects - Representative images Inscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.)



Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Aegean islands and Cyprus

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc


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

Chios Salamis Σαλαμίς Salamis Salamis Farmagusta Far Κωνσταντία Konstantia Constantia

Cult activities - Use of Images

  • Public display of an image


Edition: Zolotas, G., Επιγραφαί Χίου ανέκδοτοι , Athena 20 (1908), plate 28. Further reading: Kiourtzian, G., "Pietas insulariorum", [in:] Eupsychia: mélanges offerts à Hélène Ahrweiler, vol. 2 (Série Byzantina Sorbonensia 16, Paris: Publications de la Sorbonne, 1998), 375. Soteriou, G., “Εφορεία βυζαντιάκων αρχαιοτήτων”, Archaiologikon Deltion 2 (1916), parartema, 29.

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