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E00830: Two Greek inscriptions: one on a reused architrave block, the other on a cornice found in situ, with invocations of *Michael (the Archangel, S00181). Found in the environs of the site of ancient Plarasa near Aphrodisias (Caria, western Asia Minor). Probably 5th/6th c.

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Inscription 1:

Doric architrave block (Hellenistic or early Roman) unearthed during the widening of a road in Bingeç Köyū (ancient Plarasa, to the south-west of Aphrodisias, Caria, west Asia Minor). H. 0.35 m; W. 1.93 m; Th. 0.5 m.

+ Μιχαήλ, βοήθι πᾶ̣σ-
ι τοῖς καρποφοροῦσιν

'+ Michael, help all the contributors!'

Text: Smith & Ratté 1995.

Inscription 2:

An almost identical inscription from a ruined chapel sited to the east of the village of Kartıncalıdağ, in the immediate area of Plarasa, has been reported by Pierre Debord and Ender Varinlioğlu (2010). The stone carrying it is a moulded marble cornice, measuring: H. 0.36 m; W. 1.93 m; Th. 0.45 m.

+ Μιχαήλ, βοήθηι πᾶσι τοῖς καρποφοροῦσιν

'+ Michael, help all the contributors!'

Text: Debord & Varinlioğlu 2010, 352, no. 12.

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Evidence ID

E00830

Saint Name

Michael, the Archangel : S00181

Saint Name in Source

Μιχαήλ

Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.) Inscriptions - Inscribed architectural elements

Language

Greek

Evidence not before

450

Evidence not after

600

Activity not before

450

Activity not after

600

Place of Evidence - Region

Asia Minor Asia Minor

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Aphrodisias Plarasa

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

Aphrodisias Nicomedia Νικομήδεια Nikomēdeia Izmit Πραίνετος Prainetos Nicomedia Plarasa Nicomedia Νικομήδεια Nikomēdeia Izmit Πραίνετος Prainetos Nicomedia

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Prayer/supplication/invocation

Discussion

The invocation from Inscription 1 was tentatively dated to the later 5th or 6th c. by Charlotte Roueché, based on palaeography and similar inscriptions. It is almost certain that it comes from the same ruins where Inscription 2 was located.

Bibliography

Edition: Inscription 1: Smith, R.R.R., Ratté, Ch., "Archaeological research at Aphrodisias in Caria, 1993", The American Journal of Archaeology 99 (1995), 40. Inscription 2: P. Debord, E. Varinlioğlu, Cités de Carie: Harpasa, Bargasa, Orthosia dans l'Antiquité (Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2010), 352, no. 12.

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