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Publius Marius Quartus Inscription

Down-Town Beirut

· Beirut

The cathedral of Saint George of the Greek Orthodox, located in Nejmeh square, Down Town Beirut, features a column bearing a unique inscription, discovered during the 1990s archaeological excavations.  


The column is made out of marble, measuring 1.72m height with a 62cm diameter. It features two inscriptions, one in Latin and the other in Greek. 

Latin Inscription 

The first inscription is dedicated by Publius Marius Quartus, a decorated Knight, to his beloved country. It dates back between the 1st and the 3rd century AD. 

The inscription reads - Patriae dulcissimae (To his beloved country), Publius Marius Quartus (name of the giver), equo public ornatus (decorated with the public horse), II (uir - refering to duumvir, meaning Officer), sua pecunia fecit (did this at his costs. )

Greek Inscription 

Opposite the first inscription, one can read ΚT [----] XΝ; "K" at the beginning maybe read as ύριε - meaning "Kyrios"; Master. The inscription may refer to a Christian invocation to the Lord, without certainty. It dates back between the 4th and 7th century AD. 

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Karim Sokhn

Tour Operator & Tour Guide


Nouvelles inscriptions romaines et byzantines de Béryte, Julien Aliquot

The Latin inscription

The Greek inscription


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