Shiloh - Northern Church (Late)

Inscription number: 
3
Selected bibliography: 
203-204, fig. 63 (ph., dr.)
221, no. 3 (dr.) (ed. pr.)
Abbreviation for Journals and Series
Epigraphical corpora: 

SEG 62 (2012): 1693

Inscription type: 
dedicatory
invocation/prayer
Location: 

Incised on a bronze cross found in the debris.

On a moveable object: 
metal object
Physical description : 

A bronze cross, 16.5×15 cm and 2-4 mm thick, with holes at the ends of its four arms, through which it could be nailed on a plaque. An inscription, beginning and ending with crosses, is incised on the stem and continues first on the left arm, and then on the right. The letters are 8-9 mm high.

Text: 

☩ Ἁγία Μαρί(α), ἀνάπαυσον Ἀνιανόν. ☩

Translation: 

Saint Mary, give rest to Anianos.

Commentary: 

Either the cross, or the whole object on which it was fixed, was clearly an offering to the Virgin for the rest of a man who bore the Semitic name Anianos.

Summary: 

Invocation of Mary on a bronze cross found in the debris.

Contents
Personal names: 
Anianos
Saints names: 
Maria
Epithets of saints: 
hagios/hagia
Epigraphical formulae: 
Saint X, grant repose...