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E01965: Greek inscription just possibly for a church dedicated to a saint John (if so, probably either the Baptist, S00020, or the Apostle and Evangelist, S00042). Found at Tell eḍ-Ḍahab near Apamea on the Orontes (central Syria). Probably 5th-7th c.

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posted on 2016-10-28, 00:00 authored by Bryan
The inscription is on a fragment of a lintel (H. 0.33 m; W. 0.92 m) that was found near a ruined building situated about 300 yards northwest of the village, probably a church (later converted to a mosque), close to another inscription dated AD 469/470 (see: IGLS 4, no. 1922). The text of our inscription reads: Ἰωάνο(υ) ΧΜ[Γ - - -] | ἔτου[ς - - -ʹ], which William Prentice translated as '(The church?) of Ioannes (John). ΧΜΓ. In the year [- - -]'. As the fragment was very poorly preserved, René Mouterde was rightly sceptical about this interpretation.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

John, Apostle and Evangelist : S00042 John the Baptist : S00020

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

Apamea on the Orontes Tell eḍ-Ḍahab

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

Apamea on the Orontes Thabbora Thabbora Tell eḍ-Ḍahab 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, Cl., Inscriptions grecques et latines de la Syrie, vol. 4: Laodicée, Apamène (BAH 61, Paris: Librairie orientalise Paul Geuthner, 1955), no. 1923. Prentice, W.K. (ed.), Publications of the Princeton University of archaeological Expeditions to Syria in 1904-1905 and 1909, Division III: Greek and Latin Inscriptions, Section B: Northern Syria (Leyden: E.J. Brill, 1922), 21, no. 853.

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