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E01069: Label of a tomb of a sacristan of a church of *Elijah (probably the Old Testament prophet, S00217). Found at Korykos/Corycus (Cilicia, south-east Asia Minor). Probably late 5th or 6th c.

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posted on 08.01.2016, 00:00 by pnowakowski
+ θίκι. Μηνᾶς παραμονάρις
τοῦ ἁγίου Ἠλία +

'+ Sarcophagus. Menas, watchman (paramonarios) (of the church) of Saint Elijah. +'

Text: MAMA III, no. 590.

History

Evidence ID

E01069

Saint Name

Elijah, Old Testament prophet : S00217 Elijah, an Egyptian martyred in Palestine, ob. 308. : S00668 Elijah (unspecified) : S00667

Saint Name in Source

Ἠλίας Ἠλίας Ἠλίας

Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Funerary inscriptions

Language

Greek

Evidence not before

450

Evidence not after

600

Activity not before

450

Activity not after

600

Place of Evidence - Region

Asia Minor

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Korykos

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

Korykos Nicomedia Νικομήδεια Nikomēdeia Izmit Πραίνετος Prainetos Nicomedia

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - lesser clergy

Source

The lid of a sarcophagus, found at Korykos. Letter height 0.08-0.06 m. Recorded in 1914.

Discussion

The inscription labels the tomb of a watchman (παραμονάριος) of a church dedicated to *Elijah, almost certainly the Old Testament prophet or, much less plausibly, a local martyr of the same name. Dating: Probably late 5th or 6th c. (based on the style of the lettering and sarcophagus).

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. Kry 225. Monumenta Asiae Minoris Antiqua III, no. 590. Further reading: Mietke, G., "Monumentalisierung christilcher Heiliger in Kilikien in frühbyzantinischer Zeit", Olba 17 (2009), 121.

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