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E02244: Greek inscription with an invocation of *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033). Found at Ta'leh, to the north of Bostra (Roman province of Arabia). Probably late antique.

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posted on 2017-01-12, 00:00 authored by pnowakowski
ἁγία Μαρ[ία μ]νήσ-
θηθι Ομανου τοῦ
ἀπ[ὸ δ]ομεστίκων

1-2. μ]νήσ|θηθι Bankes' copy, μ]νήσ|θητι Sartre

'O Holy Mary, remember Omanos, former domestikos!'

IGLS 13/2, no. 9826.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Mary, Mother of Christ : S00033

Saint Name in Source


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

Arabia Arabia

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Bosra Ta'leh

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

Bosra Sakkaia / Maximianopolis Σακκαια Sakkaia Saccaea Eaccaea Maximianopolis Shaqqa Schaqqa Shakka Ta'leh Sakkaia / Maximianopolis Σακκαια Sakkaia Saccaea Eaccaea Maximianopolis Shaqqa Schaqqa Shakka

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs


Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Officials Soldiers


Probably a lintel, apparently complete at both ends but possibly broken on top and bottom. Dimensions unknown. Now lost. The inscription was seen and copied by William John Bankes, during his journeys in the Mediterranean between 1815 and 1820 (for his work in the Near East, see the comments in E02194). The copy remained unpublished until 2011, when it was edited by Maurice Sartre and Annie Sartre-Fauriat.


The inscription is a simple invocation of Mary, Mother of Christ (here named the Holy Mary and not Theotokos/the God-Bearer). The supplicant is called 'domestikos'. The Sartres note that this epithet was characteristic of high-ranking officials, e.g. prefects, magistri militum, magistri officiorum, but also of provincial governors and members of the imperial guard. Consequently, they suggest that our supplicant could have been a governor of the province of Arabia, possibly of Arab origin as he bears a quite distinctive name, or a soldier in a military unit of domestici.


Edition: Sartre, M., Sartre-Fauriat, A. (eds.), Inscriptions grecques et latines de la Syrie, vol. 13/2: Bostra (Supplément) et la plaine de la Nuqrah (BAH 194, Beirut: Institut français du Proche-Orient, 2011), no. 9826.

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    Evidence -  The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity