Saint NameMichael, the Archangel : S00181
Saint Name in SourceΜ[ι]χαήλ
Type of EvidenceInscriptions - Inscribed architectural elements
Inscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.)
Evidence not before400
Evidence not after1300
Activity not before400
Activity not after1300
Place of Evidence - RegionAegean islands and Cyprus
Aegean islands and Cyprus
Place of Evidence - City, village, etcSamos
Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)Samos
Cult activities - PlacesAltar
Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and CustomsPrayer/supplication/invocation
Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and NarrativesWomen
SourceA white marble square plaque/table (an altar?): 'mensa quadrata e marmore albo'. Width and length 0.77 m. Found in the city of Pythagorio. The inscription runs on the margin of the slab.
Klaus Hallof, the editor of Inscriptiones Graecae XII 6,2, was unable to see and examine the object himself and he does not specify his source for the description of the stone.
DiscussionThe inscription is an invocation of Michael the Archangel. We may be dealing with an altar, dedicated to the Archangel and inscribed with a request for help for the donor.
Hallof placed it among 'Byzantine' inscriptions, though an earlier date is also possible (in case of such invocations any reliable dating must be based on an examination of the script).
Inscriptiones Graecae XII 6,2, no. 951.
Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum 53, 877.