Saint NameThekla, follower of Apostle Paul : S00092
Saint Name in SourceΘέκλα
Type of EvidenceInscriptions - Inscribed architectural elements
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 - PlacesCult building - independent (church)
Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and CustomsPrayer/supplication/invocation
Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and NarrativesOther lay individuals/ people
SourceTwo inscriptions written next to each other on a column, found near a road at Kaymaz near Dorylaion (Phrygia, central Asia Minor). The column may originally have stood in a church.
DiscussionThe first part of the inscription, name Thekla, was perhaps an invocation or a statement that Thekla was the patron of the sanctuary, where the column was originally located. The meaning of the second part is not clear. It may be the name of a supplicant (Damolas, Molas?), perhaps preceded by the preposition διὰ, e.g. διὰ Μολᾶ (by Molas). For the name Molas, see Tituli Asiae Minoris I 32. In the Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae database Ulrich Huttner argues that the second word is written from right to left: Μανδαλος, which stands for the name of a nearby city, Mantalos.
Kirchhoff, A., "Inscriptiones Asianae Graecae et Latinae a Mordtmanno descriptae", Annali dell'Instituto di corrispondenza archeologica 33 (1861), 186, no. 29.
Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae database, no. 1438: http://www.epigraph.topoi.org/ica/icamainapp/inscription/show/1438
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), 77, note 53; 102.