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E00918: Greek inscription with an invocation of *Michael (the Archangel, S00181) as the commander-in-chief of the Heavenly Host, asked to help his servant, Nikolaos. Found at Philomelion (Pisidia, west central Asia Minor). Probably 6th/8th c. or later

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[ἀ]ρχιστράτ(ηγε) βοήθ(ει) .. τõ σõ δούλ(ῳ) Ν[ι]κολάῳ

'O commander-in-chief, help your servant Nikolaos!'

Text: I. Sultan Daği, no. 49.

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Evidence ID

E00918

Saint Name

Michael, the Archangel : S00181

Saint Name in Source

[ἀ]ρχιστράτ(ηγος)

Type of Evidence

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

Language

Greek

Evidence not before

500

Evidence not after

800

Activity not before

500

Activity not after

800

Place of Evidence - Region

Asia Minor

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Philomelion

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

Philomelion Nicomedia Νικομήδεια Nikomēdeia Izmit Πραίνετος Prainetos Nicomedia

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Prayer/supplication/invocation

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Other lay individuals/ people

Source

A plain block found at Philomelion. H. 1.25 m, W. 0.75 m. Letter height 0.3 m.

Discussion

The inscription offers us an invocation of *Michael the Archangel as the commander-in-chief of the Heavenly Host. The Archangel is asked to help his servant, a certain Nikolaos. Dating: This kind of invocation with the 'servant-of-saint' formula is usually dated to the 6th/8th c. or later.

Bibliography

Edition: The Inscriptions of the Sultan Daği, no. 49. Monumenta Asiae Minoris Antiqua VII, no. 207. Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae database, no. 618: http://www.epigraph.topoi.org/ica/icamainapp/inscription/show/618

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Evidence -  The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity

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