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E01928: Greek building inscription for a hostel (xention?) of *George (soldier and martyr, S00259). Found at Bsērīn, to the south of Ḥamāh/Amathe (central Syria). Dated 616.

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+ ξέντι-
ον ἁγί(ου)
Γεοργ(ίου)
ἐστάθ(η)
ἔτους
ϡκηʹ, εʹ Ν(οεμβ)ρ(ίου) (?)

1-2. ξέντι|ον = ξεν<ί>δι|ον (?) Mouterde, + εν τι or επ τι Lidzbarski || 2. ον omisit Lidzbarski || 4. ἐστάθ(η) Hiller von Gaertringen apud Lidzbarski || 6. εʹ Ν(οεμβ)ρ(ίου) (?) Mouterde, ενρμ (?) επ or ετ Lidzbarski

'+ The hostel (xention?) of Saint George was founded in the year 928, on the 5th (day) of November (?).'

Text: IGLS 5, no. 2068.

History

Evidence ID

E01928

Saint Name

George, martyr in Nicomedia or Diospolis, ob. c. 303 : S00259

Saint Name in Source

Γεόργιος

Image Caption 1

Drawing. From: IGLS 5, 49.

Type of Evidence

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

Language

  • Greek

Evidence not before

616

Evidence not after

616

Activity not before

616

Activity not after

616

Place of Evidence - Region

Syria with Phoenicia Syria with Phoenicia

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Ḥamāh Bsērīn

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

Ḥamāh Thabbora Thabbora Bsērīn Thabbora Thabbora

Cult activities - Liturgical Activity

  • Ceremony of dedication

Cult activities - Places Named after Saint

  • Hospital and other charitable institutions

Source

Basalt stele with a pointed top, surmounted by a disc containing a cross. The cross is depicted standing on an oval object with three pendants. Reused in the wall of the apse of a mosque (probably a converted medieval church). The inscription is within a frame. There is no published account of its dimensions.

Discussion

For a hostel (xeneon) at Umm el-Khalakhil to the east of Apamea on the Orontes (central Syria), named after *Theodore, probably the martyr in Euchaita, see: E01875.

Bibliography

Edition: Jalabert, L., Mouterde, R., Mondésert, C., Les inscriptions grecques et latines de la Syrie, vol. 5: Émésène (BAH 66, Paris: P. Guethner, 1959), no. 2068. Lidzbarski, M., Ephem. f. sem. Epigr., III, 1909-1915, 180, fig. 19. Further reading:

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