Saint NameApostles (unspecified) : S00084
Saint Name in SourceἈπόστολοι
Type of EvidenceInscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.)
Inscriptions - Inscribed architectural elements
Evidence not before400
Evidence not after600
Activity not before400
Activity not after600
Place of Evidence - RegionAsia Minor
Place of Evidence - City, village, etcAnazarba
Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)Anazarba
Cult activities - PlacesCult building - independent (church)
SourceAn ornamented stone band in the middle of the outer wall of the apse in Basilica no. 1 at Anazarbos. H. 0.9 m; W. 1.08 m; Th. 0.65 m; letter height 0.042-0.046 m. Found in situ in 1905 by Gertrude Bell (for her description of the church, see Bell 1906, 13, 15-19). Revisited by Michael Gough in 1949-1951. The stone also bears a carving of a cross within a laurel wreath.
DiscussionThe inscription refers to the 'Apostles of Christ' (without further specification), mentioned in the genitive case. Gough and Sayar (editors of Die Inschriften von Anazarbos) identified this text as the dedicatory inscription of the church. This is possible, but the formulation is not readily paralleled.
Dating: 5th-6th c. (based on the dating of the basilica).
Die Inschriften von Anazarbos und Umgebung, no. 59.
Gough, M., "Anazarbus", Anatolian Studies 2 (1952), no. 13 (after his own copy and the examination of the stone).
Bell, G.L., "Notes on a journey through Cilicia and Lycaonia. I", Revue Archéologique 7 (1906), 19 (in majuscules; after inspection of the stone).
Halkin, F., "Inscriptions grecques relatives à l'hagiographie, IX, Asie Mineure", Analecta Bollandiana 71 (1953), 346.
Mietke, G., "Monumentalisierung christilcher Heiliger in Kilikien in frühbyzantinischer Zeit", Olba 17 (2009), 120.
Bulletin épigraphique (1954), 238.