Saint NameAnonymous martyrs : S00060
Type of EvidenceInscriptions - Graffiti
Evidence not before400
Evidence not after750
Activity not before400
Activity not after750
Place of Evidence - RegionSyria with Phoenicia
Syria with Phoenicia
Place of Evidence - City, village, etcBeroia
Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)Beroia
Cult activities - PlacesCult building - independent (church)
Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and CustomsConstruction of cult buildings
SourceA graffito on the north wall of a church (the editor does not specify which of two possible churches is in question). Dimensions of the inscribed field: H. 0.46 m; W. 0.70 m. Letter height 0.05-0.10 m.
Seen and copied (transcription, photograph, squeeze) by Jacques Jarry in 1963 (while he was a member of the 1963 expedition led by Georges Tchalenko), and published in 1967.
DiscussionAs reported by the editor, the inscription is not a proper building inscription, but rather a graffito. Its poor state of preservation allows for only conjectural interpretation, but it is plausible that the text referred to a martyr who enjoyed in Heaven the reward for his suffering. It is also possible that the church on which the text was written was dedicated to this saint.
Jarry, J., “Inscriptions arabes, syriaques et grecques du massif du Bélus en Syrie du nord”, Annales islamologiques 7 (1967), 145, no. 9.
For a description of the site and the two late antique churches, see:
Butler, H.C., Smith E.B., Early churches in Syria: fourth to seventh centuries (Amsterdam: Hakkert, 1969), 129.
Milson, W.D., Art and architecture of the synagogue in late antique Palestine: in the shadow of the church (Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2007), 254-256.