Saint NameArchangels (unspecified) : S00191
Saint Name in Sourceἀρχάνγελος
Type of EvidenceInscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.)
Evidence not before450
Evidence not after650
Activity not before450
Activity not after650
Place of Evidence - RegionAsia Minor
Place of Evidence - City, village, etcAizanoi
Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)Aizanoi
Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and CustomsPrayer/supplication/invocation
Cult Activities - MiraclesHealing diseases and disabilities
Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and NarrativesOther lay individuals/ people
SourceA grey marble pillar found in a small cemetery at Hacı Mahmut (area of Aizanoi, Phrygia, central Asia Minor). H. 2.20 m, circumference 1.13 m; letter height 0.030-0.035 m. It is partially buried. Its visible part is decorated with a groove, traces of a large cross above the groove are also preserved. The text was cut at the bottom of the pillar.
DiscussionThe inscription records a vow made by a father of several children. His name was certainly mentioned in one of the missing lines at the beginning of the text. The father gives thanks to God and an unnamed *Archangel (probably Michael, whose sanctuary in Germia was very influential in central Asia Minor) for delivering his children, especially his son Magalas, who was seriously ill. This is a rare case in which miraculous healing is explicitly referred to in an inscribed text.
The editors of Monumenta Asiae Minoris Antiqua notice that formulas used in this dedication resemble those characteristic of pagan dedications in Anatolia, which is a possible indication of an early date.
Monumenta Asiae Minoris Antiqua IX, no. 551.
Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae database, no. 1302: http://www.epigraph.topoi.org/ica/icamainapp/inscription/show/1302