Saint NameArchangels (unspecified) : S00191
Saint Name in Sourceἀρχάγγελος
Type of EvidenceInscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.)
Evidence not before350
Evidence not after800
Activity not before350
Activity not after800
Place of Evidence - RegionAsia Minor
Place of Evidence - City, village, etcMiletus
Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)Miletus
Cult activities - PlacesCult building - independent (church)
Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and CustomsPrayer/supplication/invocation
SourceUpper 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.
DiscussionThe 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.).
Pekary, Th., "Inschriftenfunde aus Milet 1959", Istanbuler Mitteilungen 15 (1965), no. 27.
Bulletin épigraphique (1966), 377.