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E01055: Greek inscription, engraved over the entrance to a rock-cut tomb, with an invocation of Christ and *Michael (the Archangel, S00181), asked to help his servants. Found at Germanikopolis (Isauria, southern Asia Minor). Probably 6th c. or later.

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Χριστέ, βοή-
θι, ἀρχάνγε-
λε Μιχαήλ,
β(οήθ)ι τοῖς δού-
λοις <σ>ου Εὐσ-
ταθίου (κὲ) Τ-
εύχρου

'Christ, help! Archangel Michael, help your servants Eustathios and Teukros!'

Text: Bean & Mitford 1970, no. 223.
Evidence -  The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity

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E01055

Saint Name

Michael, the Archangel : S00181

Saint Name in Source

Μιχαήλ

Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Funerary inscriptions

Language

Greek

Evidence not before

500

Evidence not after

700

Activity not before

500

Activity not after

700

Place of Evidence - Region

Asia Minor

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Germanikopolis

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

Germanikopolis 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 Merchants and artisans

Source

Inscription engraved on the rock-face, above the entrance to a rock-cut tomb located outside the modern town of Ermenek (ancient Germanikopolis, Isauria, south-eastern Asia Minor), opposite a monastery. The text is framed within a tabula ansata. Next to the present text there is another inscription with an invocation of Christ and a request for the protection of the artisans who had built the tomb.

Discussion

The two people mentioned in the inscription are apparently the deceased buried in the tomb. Dating: probably 6th c. or later (based on the occurrence of the 'servant-of-saint' formula and on the style of the lettering).

Bibliography

Edition: Hagel, St., Tomaschitz, K., (eds.), Repertorium der westkilikischen Inschriften (Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Denkschriften der philosophisch-historischen Klasse 265, Ergänzungsbände zu den Tituli Asiae Minoris 22, Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1998), no. Erm 5. Bean, G.E., Mitford, T.B., Journeys in Rough Cilicia 1964-1968 (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften Wien, Akademie der Wissenschaften, Denkschriften der philosophisch-historischen Klasse 102, Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1970), no. 223. Further reading: Bulletin épigraphique (1972), 547.

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