Saint NamePlatōn, martyr of Ankyra (Galatia, central Asia Minor), ob. c.303-305
Platōn, martyr of Ankyra (Galatia, central Asia Minor), ob. c.303-305 : S00650
Saint Name in SourceΠλάτων
Type of EvidenceInscriptions - Funerary inscriptions
Evidence not before400
Evidence not after650
Activity not before400
Activity not after650
Place of Evidence - RegionAsia Minor
Place of Evidence - City, village, etcTavium
Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)Tavium
Cult activities - PlacesCult building - independent (church)
Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and NarrativesEcclesiastics - lesser clergy
SourceA white marble stele, with a carving of a tabula ansata, a wreath, and a lozenge decoration. H. 0.8 m; W. 0.61 m; letter height 0.03 m. Found at Büyüknefes (area of ancient Tavium, Galatia, central Asia Minor).
DiscussionThe inscription is the epitaph for Georgios, a chief presbyter (protopresbyteros) that served in a sanctuary of Platon, a martyr of Ankyra, probably martyred under Diocletian, and brother of the martyr *Antiochos (see Synax. Eccl. Const. 18 XI). The sanctuary of Platon in nearby Ankyra was a renowned pilgrimage centre and a church was dedicated to the martyr in Constantinople under Justinian (see: Foss 1977, 52-53; Delehaye 1912, 186-187). However, Stephen Mitchell argues that our priest served in an otherwise unattested church of Platon at Tavium, the closest city to the find-spot. This is disputable, as Georgios could have been associated with the sanctuary at Ankyra and simply buried at his home village.
Dating: 5th c. or later (based on the contents and letter forms).
I. North Galatia, no. 427.
Macpherson, I. W., New Evidence for the Historical Geography of Galatia (Unpublished Cambridge University PhD thesis: 1958), 196, no. 284.
Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae database, no. 2441: http://www.epigraph.topoi.org/ica/icamainapp/inscription/show/2441
Delehaye, H., Les origines du culte des martyrs (Bruxelles : Société des Bollandistes, 1912), 186-187.
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), 102.
Foss, C.,"Late Antique and Byzantine Ankara", Dumbarton Oaks Papers 31 (1977), 52-53.
The comments to I. North Galatia, no. 237.
Bulletin épigraphique (1983), 438.