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E06281: Fragmentary Greek epitaph on a marble slab mentioning *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033) and invoking God to grant the deceased rest together with *All Saints (S01151). Found in the Basilica of St Kodratos at Corinth (northeastern Peloponnese). Probably 5th-6th c.

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- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - . . ΛΗ b
a - - - ἡ Θεωτόκος [κ(αὶ) ἀειπάρ]θ̣ενος Μαρία. vac.
-?- ὁ Θεὸς ἀνα]παύσι σε μετὰ π[άντων] τ̣ο̃ν ἁγίον + Σάρρα.
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l. 2. [καὶ etc. Sironen || l. 3. ὁ Θεὸς ἀνα]παύσι Feissel, per epist. || λύοι σε μετὰ Stikas || - -] παύσι Sironen; π [άντων - - -] τ̣ὸν ἅγιον Sironen.

'[- - -] The God-Bearer (Theotokos) and ever-virgin Mary. May [God] grant you rest together with [all] the Saints! Sarra.'

Text: IG IV2 3, no. 1503.

History

Evidence ID

E06281

Saint Name

Mary, Mother of Christ : S00033 All Saints : S01151

Saint Name in Source

Μαρία

Image Caption 1

Preserved fragments of the inscription, photograph. From: Stikas 1962, Plate LI α.

Image Caption 2

Photograph. From: IG IV2 3, Tabula XXV, no. 1503.

Image Caption 3

Plan of Corinth and vicinity. From: IG IV2 3, 200.

Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Funerary inscriptions

Language

Greek

Evidence not before

400

Evidence not after

600

Activity not before

400

Activity not after

600

Place of Evidence - Region

Balkans including Greece

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Corinth

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

Corinth Drizypera Δριζύπερα Drizypera Büyük Karıştıran

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Prayer/supplication/invocation

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Other lay individuals/ people

Source

Two non-conjoining fragments of a marble slab. Preserved dimensions: H. 0.13 m; W. 0.30 m. Letter height 0.03 m. Found in 1962 in the Basilica of St Quadratus (Kodratos). Now lost.

Discussion

The inscription is an epitaph for a person whose name is lost, mentioning *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033) and invoking God to grant the deceased rest together with *All Saints (S01151). For l. 1. cf. E00805 (Milet VI/2, no. 961): τῆς δεσποί]νòης ἡμῶν τῆς ἁγίας ἐνδόξου Θ+εοτόκου καὶ ἀειπαρθένου Μαρίας τῆς εἰς τὰ Κύρρου. On the name Σάρρα, see T. Ilan (ed.), Lexicon of Jewish Names in Late Antiquity. Part I: Palestine 330 BCE-200 CE (Texte und Studien zum antiken Judentum 91; Tübingen, 2002), 254-255. Dating: Erkki Sironen dates the inscription to the 5th-6th c., probably based on the shape of letters. The same date is given in Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae database. For another Greek inscription found in the Basilica of St. Quadratus at Corinth, see E06282.

Bibliography

Edition: Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae database, no. 2985: http://www.epigraph.topoi.org/ica/icamainapp/inscription/show/2985 Inscriptiones Graecae IV (2nd ed.) 3, no. 1503 and Tab. XXV. Further Reading: Stikas, E., "Ανασκαφή κοιμητηριακής βασιλικής Παλαιάς Κορίνθου," Praktika tis en Athinais Archaiologikis Etaireias 117 (1962), 54 and Pl. LI α.

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