Saint NameStephen, the First Martyr : S00030
Saint Name in SourceΣτέφανος
Type of EvidenceInscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.)
Evidence not before450
Evidence not after650
Activity not before450
Activity not after650
Place of Evidence - RegionAsia Minor
Place of Evidence - City, village, etcDorylaion
Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)Dorylaion
Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and CustomsBequests, donations, gifts and offerings
Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and NarrativesMerchants and artisans
SourceA broken block, found at the entrance to a distillery at Eskişehir, ancient Dorylaion (Phrygia, central Asia Minor). H. 0.30 m; W. 1.70 m. The inscription was carved on the rough face, not the polished one.
DiscussionThe inscription records the abbreviated name of Stephen, the First Martyr. The article is in the dative case, therefore, it is probably a dedication. Armanet claimed that the signs visible at the end of the line were markings of the stone-cutter.
Armanet, C., "Inscriptions de Dorylée", Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique 28 (1904), no. 23.
Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae database, no. 1417: http://www.epigraph.topoi.org/ica/icamainapp/inscription/show/1417
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), 92.
Monumenta Asiae Minoris Antiqua V, Lists I(i), 182, no. 131.