[ἀ]ρχιστράτ(ηγε) βοήθ(ει) .. τõ σõ δούλ(ῳ) Ν[ι]κολάῳ
'O commander-in-chief, help your servant Nikolaos!'
Text: I. Sultan Daği, no. 49.
Saint NameMichael, the Archangel : S00181
Saint Name in Source[ἀ]ρχιστράτ(ηγος)
Type of EvidenceInscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.)
Evidence not before500
Evidence not after800
Activity not before500
Activity not after800
Place of Evidence - RegionAsia Minor
Place of Evidence - City, village, etcPhilomelion
Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)Philomelion
Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and CustomsPrayer/supplication/invocation
Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and NarrativesOther lay individuals/ people
SourceA plain block found at Philomelion. H. 1.25 m, W. 0.75 m. Letter height 0.3 m.
DiscussionThe inscription offers us an invocation of *Michael the Archangel as the commander-in-chief of the Heavenly Host. The Archangel is asked to help his servant, a certain Nikolaos.
Dating: This kind of invocation with the 'servant-of-saint' formula is usually dated to the 6th/8th c. or later.
The Inscriptions of the Sultan Daği, no. 49.
Monumenta Asiae Minoris Antiqua VII, no. 207.
Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae database, no. 618: http://www.epigraph.topoi.org/ica/icamainapp/inscription/show/618