Saint NameAnonymous martyrs : S00060
Saint Name in Sourceμάρτυρες
Type of EvidenceInscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.)
Evidence not before400
Evidence not after800
Activity not before400
Activity not after800
Place of Evidence - RegionAsia Minor
Place of Evidence - City, village, etcHisaralan
Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)Hisaralan
Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and CustomsPrayer/supplication/invocation
Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and NarrativesWomen
Other lay individuals/ people
SourceInscription on a marble column: H. 0.75 m; diameter 0.29 m. The text was written inside a rectangular frame: H. 0.225 m; W. 0.2 m.
DiscussionThis is a simple invocation of unnamed martyrs written by Ammia and Trophimos, otherwise unattested persons. Louis Robert supposes that the martyrs were patrons of a local sanctuary. François Halkin proposed that they could be the *Forty Martyrs of Sebaste (ob. early 4th c.) or the *Forty-Two Martyrs of Amorion but he based this on an erroneous reading of the first line. He did not recognise the monogram (which is not visible in the published photograph), and thought that it was a letter Μ which he considered as the numeral 40.
Robert, L., Études Anatoliennes. Recherches sur les inscriptions grecques de l'Asie-Mineure (Paris: De Boccard, 1937), 213, n. 3
Destephen, S., "Martyrs locaux et cultes civiques en Asie Mineure", in: J.C. Caillet, S. Destephen, B. Dumézil, H. Inglebert, Des dieux civiques aux saints patrons (IVe-VIIe siècle) (Paris: éditions A. & J. Picard, 2015), 88.
Halkin, F., "Bulletin des publications hagiographiques", Analecta Bollandiana 59 (1941), 367-368.
Bulletin épigraphique (1941), 122b.