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E01931: Fragmentary Greek building inscription possibly for a church, perhaps dedicated to *George (soldier and martyr, S00259) or *Sergios (soldier and martyr of Rusafa, S00023). Found at Garion/Ghoūr to the west of Ḥimṣ/Emesa (northwest Phoenicia). Dated 497.

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posted on 2016-10-17, 00:00 authored by pnowakowski
[ὁ οἶκος τοῦ ἁγ(ίου) Γεωρ(?)]γίου ἐθεμηλ(ιώθη) μη(νὸς) Δισίου κʹ, τοῦ ηωʹ

[ὁ οἶκος τοῦ ἁγ(ίου) Γεωρ(?)]γίου Lammens, Γεωρ(?)]γίου or Σερ(?)]γίου Mouterde || ἐθεμ(ελιώθ)ηλ Δ<α>ισίου κ(αὶ) τοῦ ἔτου ηω΄ Lammens

'[The church (oikos) of Saint Geor(?)]ge (or: Ser]gios) was founded in the month of Daisios, in (the year) 808.'

Text: IGLS 5, no. 2153.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

George, martyr in Nicomedia or Diospolis, ob. c. 303 : S00259 Sergios, martyr in Syria, ob. 303-311 : S00023

Type of Evidence

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


  • Greek

Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Syria with Phoenicia Syria with Phoenicia

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Ḥimṣ/Emesa Garion/Ghoūr

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

Ḥimṣ/Emesa Thabbora Thabbora Garion/Ghoūr Thabbora Thabbora

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Construction of cult buildings


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. 2143. Lammens, H., "Le pays des Nosairis. Itinéraire et notes archéologiques", Le musée belge: revue de philologie classique 4 (1900), 292, no. 18. Further reading: Leclercq, H., "Nosairis", DACL, col. 1621. Lammens, H., Rev. Or. chr. 5 (1900), 140.

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    Evidence -  The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity