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E01081: Greek inscription commemorating the construction of a building with the help of God and unnamed *Archangels. Found near Flaviopolis (Cilicia, south-east Asia Minor). Probably 6th c.

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posted on 15.01.2016, 00:00 by pnowakowski
+ Θεόδορος διάκονος κ̣ὲ ̣ἰατρὸς
κὲ ἡ αὐτοῦ σύνβιος τῇ τοῦ θ(εο)ῦ βοη-
θίᾳ κὲ τῶν ἀρχαγέλον ὑπὲρ εὐχῆς
ἐποίησεν τὸ ἔργον τοῦτο +

'+ Theodoros, deacon and physician, and his wife built this structure as a vow (with) the help of God and the Archangels. +'

Text: I. Cilicia, no. 116.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Archangels (unspecified) : S00191

Saint Name in Source


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)

Flaviopolis Nicomedia Νικομήδεια Nikomēdeia Izmit Πραίνετος Prainetos Nicomedia

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Construction of cult buildings

Cult Activities - Miracles

Saint aiding or preventing the construction of a cult building

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - lesser clergy Women Physicians


A stone block found at Çemkale-Farnas near ancient Flaviopolis. H. c. 0.30 m; W. c. 1 m. When recorded, it had been reused in the wall of a gate of a medieval fortress.


The inscription commemorates the completion of a building, presumably a place of cult, by Theodoros, deacon and physician, and his unnamed wife. They declare that the work was accomplished with the help of God and unspecified Archangels. Dagron and Feissel note that the assistance of angels is sometimes mentioned in building inscriptions of nearby Syria.


Edition: I. Cilicia - Dagron, G., Feissel, D. (eds.), Inscriptions de Cilicie (Paris: De Boccard, 1987), no. 116. Dagron, G., Marcillet-Jaubert, J., "Inscriptions de Cilicie et d'Isaurie", Belleten Türk Tarih Kurumu 42 (1978), no. 26. Reference works: Bulletin épigraphique (1979), 600. Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum 28, 1261; 37, 1243.

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Evidence -  The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity