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E00983: Greek inscription on a boundary stone of a church of *Stephen (the First Martyr, S00030). Found near Amisos (Helenopontus, northern Asia Minor). 491-518.

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posted on 13.12.2015, 00:00 by pnowakowski
A stone, found at Alayurt (area of Amisos, Helenopontus, northeastern Asia Minor) in the summer of 1986 by the mission of the British Institute at Ankara. There is no published detailed description of the object.

Mentioned in: French 1987a, 194; French 1987, 10.

The inscription was not published in full in either of the two articles by David French. From the description we learn that it marks the boundaries of a church of the holy and glorious First Martyr Stephen (ἅγιος καὶ ἔνδοξος πρωτομάρτυς Στέφανος) in the territory of Galaë (Γαλαη), and that it was authorised by the emperor Anastasius. A certain bishop Ioannes and an anonymous comes in the rank of consularis are also mentioned.

Dating: 491-518, based on a reference to the emperor Anastasius.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Stephen, the First Martyr : S00030

Type of Evidence

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



Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Asia Minor

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc


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

Amisos Nicomedia Νικομήδεια Nikomēdeia Izmit Πραίνετος Prainetos Nicomedia

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Seeking asylum at church/shrine

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Monarchs and their family Ecclesiastics - bishops Officials Aristocrats


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), 104. French, D.H., "Roads and Roman milestones in Asia Minor, 1986 [in Turkish]", Araştırma Sonuçları Toplantısı 5 (1987a), 194. French, D.H., "The year's work", Anatolian Studies 37 (1987), 10. Reference works: Chroniques d'épigraphie byzantine, 456.

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