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E00914: Greek inscription naming 'Saint *Thekla' (follower of the Apostle Paul, S00092). Found near Dorylaion (Phrygia, west central Asia Minor). Probably late antique.

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posted on 30.11.2015, 00:00 by pnowakowski
ἁγία Θέ-
κλα

Δиαμ-
ολα

'Saint Thekla // (- - -)'

Text: Kirchhoff 1861, 186, no. 29.

History

Evidence ID

E00914

Saint Name

Thekla, follower of Apostle Paul : S00092

Saint Name in Source

Θέκλα

Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Inscribed architectural elements

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 - independent (church)

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Prayer/supplication/invocation

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Other lay individuals/ people

Source

Two inscriptions written next to each other on a column, found near a road at Kaymaz near Dorylaion (Phrygia, central Asia Minor). The column may originally have stood in a church.

Discussion

The first part of the inscription, name Thekla, was perhaps an invocation or a statement that Thekla was the patron of the sanctuary, where the column was originally located. The meaning of the second part is not clear. It may be the name of a supplicant (Damolas, Molas?), perhaps preceded by the preposition διὰ, e.g. διὰ Μολᾶ (by Molas). For the name Molas, see Tituli Asiae Minoris I 32. In the Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae database Ulrich Huttner argues that the second word is written from right to left: Μανδαλος, which stands for the name of a nearby city, Mantalos.

Bibliography

Edition: Kirchhoff, A., "Inscriptiones Asianae Graecae et Latinae a Mordtmanno descriptae", Annali dell'Instituto di corrispondenza archeologica 33 (1861), 186, no. 29. Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae database, no. 1438: http://www.epigraph.topoi.org/ica/icamainapp/inscription/show/1438 Further reading: Destephen, S., "Martyrs locaux et cultes civiques en Asie Mineure", in: J.C. Caillet, S. Destephen, B. Dumézil, H. Inglebert, Des dieux civiques aux saints patrons (IVe-VIIe siècle) (Paris: éditions A. & J. Picard, 2015), 77, note 53; 102.

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