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E00806: Fragment of an architrave with a Greek invocation of an unnamed *Archangel, asked to preserve the building where the inscription was displayed. Found in Miletos (Caria, western Asia Minor), probably late antique (4th-8th c.).

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[ἀρχάν]γελε σῷζε τὸν οἶκον (τ)οῦτο<ν>

'[O Archangel], save this house!'

Text:. Pekary 1965, no. 27.
Evidence -  The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity

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Evidence ID

E00806

Saint Name

Archangels (unspecified) : S00191

Saint Name in Source

ἀρχάγγελος

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

Miletus

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

Miletus Nicomedia Νικομήδεια Nikomēdeia Izmit Πραίνετος Prainetos Nicomedia

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Prayer/supplication/invocation

Source

Upper part of a marble plaque, probably a fragment of an architrave. Found in the autumn of 1959 by the expedition directed by Gerhard Kleiner. When recorded, it was reused in a fountain near an old school (the then archaeological depot) in Eski Balat. Dimensions of the inscribed field: H. 0.21 m; W. 0.9 m; letter height 0.03-0.075 m. The inscription consisted of at least two lines, but only the first is legible.

Discussion

The inscription contains an invocation of an unnamed Archangel, asked to save the building where the inscription was displayed. The building is called οἶκος which is a very broad term but may refer to a sanctuary (e.g. a church, an oratory or a chapel). Probably late antique (4th-8th c.).

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Edition: Pekary, Th., "Inschriftenfunde aus Milet 1959", Istanbuler Mitteilungen 15 (1965), no. 27. Reference works: Bulletin épigraphique (1966), 377.

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