SEG 40 (1990): 1441
CIIP II (2011): 1122 (ph.)
Findspot: In the mosaic pavement in the western portion of the nave.
Pres. loc.: Rockefeller Museum, Jerusalem, IAA inv. no. 1963-2671/13-15.
Mosaic, decorated with rhombs, round medallions, geometric patterns and birds. The inscription is set in a tabula ansata, red-brown lines separating the rows of letters, the tabula framed by two rows of tesserae. On the lower side of the tabula, a running dog pattern. The inscription is to be read facing east. The letters are black on a white ground, with some ochre cubes interspersed.
Meas.: length of inscription 2.5 m; letters 6.3-9.5 cm.
☩ Ἀμβροσίης τελέθω καὶ ν[έκταρος οἶκο]ς ἀρείων
καί με Μαρῖνος ἔτευξε θεὸ[ν κλυτομ]ήτιν ἀ[..]ων
[μυσ]τικὸν ἀχράαντον ἀεὶ νόον ἡνιοχεύων. ☩
I am a church better than ambrosia and nectar; Marinus erected me too, (exalting, or: singing praise of) God, who plans famous (things), (Marinus,) always guiding the pure and mystic spirit. (CIIP)
Supplements are by Birnbaum–Ovadiah, with the exception of l.2; l.1 [ἄρτο]ς Birnbaum–Ovadiah; the lacuna is perhaps a bit short for their printed supplement, if one goes by the letters in the other lines; but from Ν[ to ]Σ one needs at least four, possibly five syllables, which makes a lacuna of e.g. eight letters look very short; l.2 ἀ[ίρ]ων Birnbaum–Ovadiah; ἀ[είδ]ων Merkelbach, which is considered too long by Birnbaum–Ovadiah (ἀ[είρ]ων P. Herrmann apud SEG is not much shorter); l.3 the tips of the mu and upsilon are still to be seen. (CIIP)
The inscription is in hexameters.
Damaged three-line mosaic building inscription of Marinus written in hexameters, in the western portion of the nave.