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E00866: Label of a low relief carving on a marble plaque, possibly showing *Konon (one of several homonymous martyrs of Anatolia). Found at Side (Pamphylia, southern Asia Minor). Possibly 6th c.

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Label of a low relief carving on a white marble plaque:

Κόνων

'Konon'

Text: I. Side, no. 184.
Evidence -  The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity

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History

Evidence ID

E00866

Saint Name

Konōn, martyr in Iconium of Lycaonia (central Asia Minor) : S00429 Konōn, martyr in Isauria (Asia Minor) : S00430 Konōn, gardener martyr in Magydos of Pamphylia : S00177

Saint Name in Source

Κόνων Κόνων Κόνων

Type of Evidence

Images and objects - Sculpture/reliefs

Language

Greek

Evidence not before

500

Evidence not after

600

Activity not before

500

Activity not after

600

Place of Evidence - Region

Asia Minor

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Side

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

Side Nicomedia Νικομήδεια Nikomēdeia Izmit Πραίνετος Prainetos Nicomedia

Cult activities - Use of Images

  • Public display of an image

Source

A thick white marble plaque. H. 0.28m; W. 0.42 m; Th. 0.08 m. It was found in 1989 in one of the storage rooms. The stone bears a low relief carving of a man pointing at a cross which stands to the right of him.

Discussion

Johannes Nollé suggests that the depicted person is either *Konon (martyr of Anatolia, unspecified) or a homonymous founder (see I. Side, no. 184). If the martyr is depicted, his gesture may mean that he is comparing his martyrdom with the death of Christ. But, perhaps, the picture shows a bishop of Side, e.g. the same man who is mentioned in the inscription discussed in Entry E00865. Dating: perhaps 6th c. (if the label refers to the bishop who consecrated the basilica in Side).

Bibliography

Edition: Side im Altertum, no. 184.

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