Saint NameJohn, the Apostle and Evangelist : S00042
Saint Name in SourceἸωάννης
Type of EvidenceInscriptions - Funerary inscriptions
Evidence not before530
Evidence not after1000
Activity not before530
Activity not after1000
Place of Evidence - RegionAsia Minor
Place of Evidence - City, village, etcEphesus
Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)Ephesus
Cult activities - PlacesCult building - independent (church)
Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and NarrativesEcclesiastics - lesser clergy
SourceA plaque of bluish marble, broken into two conjoining fragments. H. 0.195 m; W. 0.54 m; Th. 0.04 m; letter height 0.015-0.03 m. Found during excavations at the Selçukian baths, in the vicinity of the Museum of Selçuk. Probably originally set near or at the Church of John the Apostle on the Ayasoluk Hill/Selçuk. First published by Dieter Knibbe and Helmut Engelmann in 1984. There is no published image.
DiscussionThe epitaph records the burial of a person affiliated to the Ephesian church of John the Apostle. Knibbe suggest that his function should be restored as psaltes/'psalmist'. It is probable that at least one more person was buried in the tomb, e.g. the wife of the deceased.
Knibbe finds it noteworthy that Saint John is here described as 'the Apostle', not the 'Theologian', which is his usual epithet in Ephesos.
Knibbe, D., Engelmann, H., "Neue Inschriften aus Ephesos X", Jahreshefte des Österreichischen Archäologischen Institutes in Wien 55 (1984), 146.
Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum 34, 1134.