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E01772: An unpublished fragmentary inscription with remnants of a poem, perhaps praising the seizure of a church dedicated to *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033) in Tyre by the Chalcedonians. Found in Tyre (west Phoenicia). Probably 6th c.

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posted on 2016-07-26, 00:00 authored by pnowakowski
In 2005, on page 524 of his paper 'Tyr aux derniers siècles paléochrétiens: autour du synode de 518', Jean-Paul Rey-Coquais mentioned two fragmentarily preserved inscriptions on broken marble plaques with remnants of two epigrams, found in Tyre. The first, he says, might have praised the illumination by baptism and teachings administered to catechumens. The other seems to have contained a prayer, addressed to God, asked to support the faithful, and mentioned abominations, victory, and penalties. Rey-Coquais supposes that this poem could have celebrated the seizure of a church dedicated to Mary (perhaps the cathedral church of the city) by the Chalcedonians.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Mary, Mother of Christ : S00033

Type of Evidence

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



Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Syria with Phoenicia

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc


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

Tyre Thabbora Thabbora

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics – unspecified Heretics


Further reading: J.-P. Rey-Coquais, “Tyr aux derniers siècles paléochrétiens: autour du synode de 518”, Mélanges de l'Université Saint-Joseph (Beyrouth, Lebanon) 58 (2005), 523-524. Reference works: Bulletin épigraphique (2006), 464.

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