Saint NameTheodore, soldier and martyr of Amaseia and Euchaita : S00480
Saint Name in SourceΘεόδωρος
Type of EvidenceInscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.)
Evidence not before400
Evidence not after800
Activity not before400
Activity not after800
Place of Evidence - RegionSyria with Phoenicia
Syria with Phoenicia
Place of Evidence - City, village, etcApamea on the Orontes
Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)Apamea on the Orontes
Cult activities - PlacesCult building - independent (church)
Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and CustomsAwarding privileges to cult centres
SourceA stone. There is no published description of the object.
First published by René Mouterde in 1955, based on a copy made by Jean Lauffray at the village of Fa‘loūl.
DiscussionThe inscription marked the boundaries of the asylum zone or of an estate of a church or monastery, dedicated to a certain Theodore. This is almost certainly Theodore, the soldier and martyr of Euchaita in Helenopontus, northeast Asia Minor (S00480).
Though this inscription does not say so explicitly, boundary stones were usually bestowed upon sanctuaries by emperors.
Jalabert, L., Mouterde, R., Mondésert, Cl., Inscriptions grecques et latines de la Syrie, vol. 4: Laodicée, Apamène (BAH 61, Paris: Librairie orientalise Paul Geuthner, 1955), no. 1570bis.
Peña, I., Lieux de pèlerinage en Syrie (Milan: Franciscan Printing Press, 2000), 19, 26.
Trombley, F.R., Hellenic Religion and Christianization c. 370-529, vol. 2 (Leiden, New York, Cologne: Brill, 1994), 301.
Bulletin épigraphique (1956), 325.