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E00952: Fragment of a marble slab with a short Greek inscription referring to unnamed martyrs. Found in Prusa ad Olympum (Bithynia, north-wset Asia Minor). Probably late antique.

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posted on 08.12.2015, 00:00 by pnowakowski
On a fragment of a slab:

μαρτύ-
ρων

'Of the martyrs.'

Text: I. Prusa ad Olympum, no. 225.

History

Evidence ID

E00952

Saint Name

Anonymous martyrs : S00060

Saint Name in Source

μάρτυρες

Type of Evidence

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

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

Prusa ad Olympum

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

Prusa ad Olympum Nicomedia Νικομήδεια Nikomēdeia Izmit Πραίνετος Prainetos Nicomedia

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified

Source

A fragment of a slab, found on the acropolis. Now lost.

Discussion

Thomas Corsten, the editor of Die Inschriften von Prusa ad Olympum, interprets the monument as a commemorative inscription in honour of unnamed martyrs. It may come from a church dedicated to some martyrs or mark a tomb of local martyrs.

Bibliography

Edition: Die Inschriften von Prusa ad Olympum, no. 225. LBW 1118. 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), 98.

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Evidence -  The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity

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