Saint NameThekla, follower of Apostle Paul : S00092
Saint Name in Sourceܬܩܠܐ
Type of EvidenceInscriptions - Inscribed architectural elements
Inscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.)
Evidence not before400
Evidence not after750
Activity not before400
Activity not after750
Place of Evidence - RegionSyria with Phoenicia
Syria with Phoenicia
Place of Evidence - City, village, etcHierapolis Euphratensis
Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)Hierapolis Euphratensis
Cult activities - PlacesCult building - independent (church)
Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and CustomsPrayer/supplication/invocation
SourceThe inscription is carved on a column, at mid-height. Dimensions of the column: H. 1.75 m; diameter: 0.42 m. Letter height 0.03-0.06 m.
Seen and copied (photograph, transcription) by Jacques Jarry in 1963 (while he was a member of the 1963 expedition led by Georges Tchalenko), and published in 1967.
DiscussionThe editor does not comment on the purpose of this inscription but it seems to be a common invocation of the saint. It is possible that the church, where the column was placed, could have been dedicated to this Thekla, and the inscription could commemorate the offering of the column to the sanctuary (cf. E00926: an offering of a column to a church of *Mannis).
The identity of our Thekla is not specified, but she is almost certainly Thekla of Ikonion/Iconium, the follower of the Apostle Paul. The principal sanctuary of this Thekla was situated at Seleukeia/Seleucia in southeast Asia Minor, a region belonging to the Diocese of Orient and connected with north Syria by important trade routes.
For monasteries dedicated to Thekla in Syria, see: Peña 2000, 30, 244-245.
Jarry, J., “Inscriptions arabes, syriaques et grecques du massif du Bélus en Syrie du nord”, Annales islamologiques 7 (1967), 157, no. 31.
Peña, I., Lieux de pèlerinage en Syrie (Milan: Franciscan Printing Press, 2000), 30, 244-245.