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E06525: Greek building inscription commemorating the dedication of a pulpit/ambo to ‘the glory and praise’ of the Archangel *Michael (S00181). Found at Troizen (northeastern Peloponnese). Probably 5th-7th c.

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Ἰωάννης ἀναγνώστης ὑπὲρ [τῆς γυναικὸς αὐτοῦ] καὶ τοῦ παιδίου αὐτοῦ
[ἐκ]αλλιέργησεν τὸν ἄββ[ω]να εἰς δόξαν καὶ ἔπαινον τοῦ ἀρχανγέλου Μιχαήλ.

l. 1. [ὁ] ἀναγνώστης Fraenkel; [εὐχῆς ἑαυτοῦ] Orlandos; at the end no αὐτοῦ Orlandos || l. 2. [κ]αλλιέργη<σ>εν Fraenkel, corrected ibid. p. 382; δό[ξ]αν Orlandos.

'Ioannes, the reader (anagnostes), on behalf of [his wife] and his child, has offered the pulpit to the glory and praise of the Archangel Michael.'

Text: ICG, no. 3436.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Michael, the Archangel : S00181

Saint Name in Source


Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.) Inscriptions - Inscribed architectural elements Archaeological and architectural - Internal cult fixtures (crypts, ciboria, etc.)


  • Greek

Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Balkans including Greece

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc


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

Troizen Drizypera Δριζύπερα Drizypera Büyük Karıştıran

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Bequests, donations, gifts and offerings

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - lesser clergy Women Children Family


Round marble base broken into two parts. H. 0.3 m, d 1.26 m. Upper margin to one third lost. On the upper surface six-angled depression for the pulpit. Found on the site of Hagia Sotira church, but attributed by Anastasios Orlandos to the older basilica, predecessor of the 12th century Ἐπισκοπή/Παναγία Ἐπισκοπή/Παλαιοεπισκοπή church. Other fragments of decoration survive from this older basilica, cf. ICG 3437, including one Ionic capital dating from the 6th century. Last seen by Orlandos ca. 1940 in Soteira church. Now lost.


For the expression δόξα καὶ ἔπαινος, see 1 Chronicles 16:27, and for εἰς δόξαν καὶ ἔπαινον, see Philippians 1:11.


Edition: Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae database, no. 3436: Inscriptiones Graecae IV, no. 784 and p. 382 ("Corrigenda"). Legrand, P.-E., "Inscriptions de Trézène", Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique 24 (1900), 207, no. XX, 1 and 3 (editio princeps). Orlandos, A., "Ἡ «Ἐπισκοπή» τοῦ Δαμαλᾶ", Archeion ton Vyzantinon mnimeion tis Ellados 5 (1939-1940), 31. Further Reading: Caraher, W.R., "Church, Society and the Sacred in Early Christian Greece," Ph.D. diss., Ohio State University (2003), 317, no. 8. Feissel, D., and Philippidis-Braat, A., "Inventaires en vue d’un recueil des inscriptions historiques de Byzance, III: Inscriptions du Péloponnèse (à l’exception de Mistra)," Travaux et Mémoires 9 (1985), 370, no. 126*.

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