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E00911: Greek dedicatory inscription mentioning *Stephen (the First Martyr, 00030). Found at Dorylaion (Phrygia, west central Asia Minor). Probably late antique.

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τῷ ἁγίῳ Στ(εφάνῳ) F-ʹ

'For Saint Stephen. F-ʹ'

Text: Armanet 1904, no. 23.

History

Evidence ID

E00911

Saint Name

Stephen, the First Martyr : S00030

Saint Name in Source

Στέφανος

Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.)

Language

Greek

Evidence not before

450

Evidence not after

650

Activity not before

450

Activity not after

650

Place of Evidence - Region

Asia Minor

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Dorylaion

Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Dorylaion Nicomedia Νικομήδεια Nikomēdeia Izmit Πραίνετος Prainetos Nicomedia

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Bequests, donations, gifts and offerings

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Merchants and artisans

Source

A 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.

Discussion

The 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.

Bibliography

Edition: 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 Further reading: 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.

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