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E03557: Floor mosaic with a Greek inscription just possibly mentioning *George (soldier and martyr, S00259). Reportedly found at Baḥan, c. 5 km to the north of modern Tulkarm (Samaria, Roman province of Palestina I). Probably late antique.

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posted on 2017-08-10, 00:00 authored by pnowakowski
In his list of epigraphic attestations to the cult of saints in Palestine, Yiannis Meimaris (1986) mentions an unpublished floor mosaic recorded in the files of the Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums under Neg. No. 11935/7. Meimaris quotes two words: ...Γεωργίου. ἀμήν/'... of George. Amen.' saying that 'although the inscription is damaged, the word "holy", ἅγιος, is suggested in the genitive singular case.'

This interpretation is doubtful, and the name may well refer to an ordinary ecclesiastic or lay donor, called Georgios. As far as we know the inscription is still unpublished.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

George, soldier and martyr of Diospolis/Lydda : S00259

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

Palestine with Sinai Palestine with Sinai

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Baḥan Tulkarm

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

Baḥan Caesarea Maritima Καισάρεια Kaisareia Caesarea Kayseri Turris Stratonis Tulkarm Caesarea Maritima Καισάρεια Kaisareia Caesarea Kayseri Turris Stratonis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs



Meimaris, Y., Sacred names, saints, martyrs and church officials in the Greek inscriptions and papyri pertaining to the Christian Church of Palestine (Athens: National Hellenic Research Foundation, Center for Greek and Roman Antiquity, 1986), 125, no. 677.

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