Inscriptions - Graffiti
+ ἐνκ(αί)ν(ια) τοῦ ἁ-
1-2. ἁ|γυίου = ἁγίου || 3. μινὴ = μηνὶ || 4-6. πρ(εσβείαις) τ(ῆς) πανα[γ]ία(ς) πα(ρ)θ(ένου) (?) Grégoire
'+ The consecration (of the church) of Saint Nicholas (took place) in the month of May.'
Then follow random letters that according to Grégoire should be read:
'(It was completed) through the intercessions of the all-holy Virgin.'
Text: IGC, no. 233(4).
Ceremony of dedicationFestivals
Anniversary of church/altar dedicationCult Places
Cult building - independent (church) Places Named after Saint
Cult building - monastic
MonasteryNon Liturgical Activity
Construction of cult buildings
Saint aiding or preventing the construction of a cult building
SourceA graffito edited by Henri Grégoire from a drawing by Emil Szanto. Found on a wall in a rock-cut church at Strobilos, between Myndos and Halikarnassos (Henri Grégoire erroneously claimed that the inscription had been found in Termera. For correct identification of the find-spot see the comments in Halkin 1953a, p. 83, n. 6). Lines 1-3 are in a frame; lines 4-6 are scarcely legible. Most of the text seems to have been written by one hand.
DiscussionThe graffito commemorates the consecration of a church dedicated to Saint Nicholas, apparently *Nicholas of Myra, presumably the rock-cut church in which the inscription was found. The dedicatory formula is followed by an unintelligible sequence of letters, which Henri Grégoire interpreted as an invocation of the Virgin *Mary, but this is highly hypothetical.
Dating: probably 7th c. (based on the archaeological context).
Grégoire, H. (ed.), Recueil des inscriptions grecques chrétiennes d'Asie Mineure, vol. 1 (Paris: Leroux, 1922), no. 233(4).
Destephen, S., 'Quatre études sur le monachisme asianique (IVe-VIIe siècle)', Journal des savants (2010), 203.
Halkin, F., "Inscriptions grecques relatives à l'hagiographie, IX, Asie Mineure", Analecta Bollandiana 71 (1953), 83.
|ID||Name||Name in Source||Identity||S00033||Mary, Mother of Christ||πα(ρ)θ(ένος)||Uncertain||S00520||Nicholas, bishop of Myra in Lycia, under Constantine||Νικώλ(αος)||Certain|
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