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E00913: Greek building inscription probably for a church dedicated as a vow to an unnamed *Archangel. Found near Dorylaion (Phrygia, west central Asia Minor). Probably late antique.

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posted on 30.11.2015, 00:00 by pnowakowski
+ ἐκ τῶν παροχῶν σου, ἀρχάγγελε, Ἰωάννης κὲ Κωνσταντῖνα ἐποίησ[αν - - -]
ὑπὲρ εὐχῆς κὲ σωτηρίας αὐτ[ῶ]ν κὲ τῆς συνγενίας αὐτ[ῶ]ν κὲ μνήμης κὲ ἀναπαύσε[ως - - -]

'+ From your gifts, O Archangel, Ioannes and Konstantina built this as a vow and for the salvation of themselves and their relatives, and for the memory and repose [of ...]'

Text: von Domaszewski 1883, 175, no. 20.

History

Evidence ID

E00913

Saint Name

Archangels (unspecified) : S00191

Saint Name in Source

ἀρχάγγελος

Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.)

Language

Greek

Evidence not before

450

Evidence not after

650

Activity not before

450

Activity not after

650

Place of Evidence - Region

Asia Minor

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Dorylaion

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

Dorylaion Nicomedia Νικομήδεια Nikomēdeia Izmit Πραίνετος Prainetos Nicomedia

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Vow

Cult Activities - Miracles

Saint aiding or preventing the construction of a cult building

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Women Other lay individuals/ people

Source

A piece of marble, reused as a doorstep in a mosque. H. 0.16 m; W. 1.65 m; Th. 0.35 m. Found at Bozüyük near Dorylaion (Phrygia, central Asia Minor).

Discussion

This is a building inscription of an unnamed structure, probably a church, dedicated to an archangel. The founders, Ioannes and Konstantina, apparently a married couple, claim that they gathered funds thanks to the Archangel’s generosity. This expression is reminiscent of a popular dedicatory formula τὰ σὰ ἐκ τῶν σῶν σοι προσφέρομεν (thine own from thine own we offer unto thee), common in dedicatory inscriptions and present in the Liturgy of Basil and the Liturgy of John Chrysostom. Normally the formula is, however, referred to God. We recorded one case when it refers to Saint *Theodore (E02966), and other saints.

Bibliography

Edition: von Domaszewski, A., "Inschriften aus Kleinasien", Archäologisch-epigraphische Mitteilungen aus Österreich-Ungarn 7 (1883), 175, no. 20. Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae database, no. 1421: http://www.epigraph.topoi.org/ica/icamainapp/inscription/show/1421 Further reading: Halkin, F., "Inscriptions grecques relatives à l'hagiographie, IX, Asie Mineure", Analecta Bollandiana 71 (1953), 97.

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