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E00803: Greek inscription on a boundary stone of a sanctuary of an unnamed *Αrchangel, administered by 'the holy catholic church of the Parsadoi', found in Parsada (Lydia, western Asia Minor), probably late antique (4th-8th c.).

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posted on 20.10.2015, 00:00 by pnowakowski
+ ὅροι τοῦ ἁγί-
ου κὲ ἐνδό-
ξου ἀρχαν-
γέλου τῆς
ἁγίας κα[θο]-
λικῆς ἐκλ[η]-
σίας Παρ-
σάδον

'+ Boundaries (of the sanctuary) of the holy and glorious Archangel of the holy catholic church of Parsada.'

Text: IGC, no. 334.

History

Evidence ID

E00803

Saint Name

Archangels (unspecified) : S00191

Saint Name in Source

ἀρχάνγελος

Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.)

Language

Greek

Evidence not before

350

Evidence not after

800

Activity not before

350

Activity not after

800

Place of Evidence - Region

Asia Minor

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Parsada

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

Parsada Nicomedia Νικομήδεια Nikomēdeia Izmit Πραίνετος Prainetos Nicomedia

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Seeking asylum at church/shrine

Source

Boundary stone found in Parsa (Lydia, western Asia Minor, between Smyrna and Sardis), at the site of a cemetery.

Discussion

The inscriptions indicates boundaries of a sanctuary of an *Archangel that was administered by the church of Parsada (the form of this toponym is apparently neuter, plural, hence the genitive Παρσάδων). Halkin believes that the mentioned Archangel is *Michael, but there is no reason to think so, except that *Michael was the most popular of all archangels venerated in Anatolia. Though this inscription does not say so explicitly, boundary stones were usually bestowed upon sanctuaries by emperors.

Bibliography

Edition: H. Malay, G. Petzl (eds.), New Religious Texts from Lydia (Denkschriften der philosophisch-historischen Klasse 497; Ergänzungsbände zu den Tituli Asiae Minoris 28; Vienna: VÖAW, 2018), no. 12. Grégoire, H. (ed.), Recueil des inscriptions grecques chrétiennes d'Asie Mineure, vol. 1 (Paris: Leroux, 1922), no. 334. Further Reading: Halkin, F., "Inscriptions grecques relatives à l'hagiographie, IX, Asie Mineure", Analecta Bollandiana 71 (1953), 82. Robert, J., Robert, L., Hellenica. Recueil d'épigraphie, de numismatique et d'antiquités grecques, vol. 6: Inscriptions grecques de Lydie (Paris: La librairie d'Amérique et d'Orient Adrien Maisonneuve, 1948), 115 n. 1.

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