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E00963: Greek inscription on a boundary stone of a church of *Michael (the Archangel, S00181). Found near Klaudiopolis (Honoriad, northern Asia Minor). Probably late 5th or 6th c.

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posted on 2015-12-10, 00:00 authored by pnowakowski
On a boundary stone:

[ὅ]ροι τοῦ ἁγ[ί-]
ου ἀρχανγέ-
λου Μιχαήλ

'Boundaries (of the church) of the holy Archangel Michael.'

Text: I. Klaudiu polis, no. 178.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Michael, the Archangel : S00181

Saint Name in Source


Type of Evidence

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


  • Greek

Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Asia Minor

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Klaudiou Polis

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

Klaudiou Polis Nicomedia Νικομήδεια Nikomēdeia Izmit Πραίνετος Prainetos Nicomedia

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Seeking asylum at church/shrine


A white limestone plaque, found by Gustave Mendel near a mosque in Baltalı, near Bolu (Klaudiopolis, Honoriad, northern Asia Minor), in the summer of 1901. H. 0.27 m; W. 0.59 m.; letter height 0.06 m. There is no photograph or drawing of the inscription.


The inscription indicated the boundaries of an estate owned by a sanctuary of Michael the Archangel. Though this inscription does not say so explicitly, boundary stones were usually bestowed upon sanctuaries by emperors. Dating: probably late 5th or 6th c. (as boundary stones are common, authorised by emperors of this period).


Edition: Die Inschriften von Klaudiu polis, no. 178. Mendel, G., "Inscriptions de Bithynie et de Paphlagonie", 27 (1903), no. 14.

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