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Greek epitaph for a chief presbyter of a church of *Platon (martyr of Ankyra, S00650). Found at Tavium (Galatia, central Asia Minor). Probably late antique.

Evidence ID


Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Funerary inscriptions

ἔνθα κατάκιτε
ὁ δοῦλος τοῦ θ(εο)ῦ
ὁ εὐσεβέσ-
τατος προ-
τοῦ ἁγίου
καὶ ἐνδό-
ξου μάρτυ-
ρος Πλάτον-

'Here lies Georgios, servant of God and most God-fearing chief presbyter (of the church) of the holy and glorious martyr Platon.'

Text and translation:
I. North Galatia, no. 427.

Cult Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - lesser clergy


A white marble stele, with a carving of a tabula ansata, a wreath, and a lozenge decoration. H. 0.8 m; W. 0.61 m; letter height 0.03 m. Found at Büyüknefes (area of ancient Tavium, Galatia, central Asia Minor).


The inscription is the epitaph for Georgios, a chief presbyter (protopresbyteros) that served in a sanctuary of Platon, a martyr of Ankyra, probably martyred under Diocletian, and brother of the martyr *Antiochos (see Synax. Eccl. Const. 18 XI). The sanctuary of Platon in nearby Ankyra was a renowned pilgrimage centre and a church was dedicated to the martyr in Constantinople under Justinian (see: Foss 1977, 52-53; Delehaye 1912, 186-187). However, Stephen Mitchell argues that our priest served in an otherwise unattested church of Platon at Tavium, the closest city to the find-spot. This is disputable, as Georgios could have been associated with the sanctuary at Ankyra and simply buried at his home village.

Dating: 5th c. or later (based on the contents and letter forms).


I. North Galatia, no. 427.

Macpherson, I. W.,
New Evidence for the Historical Geography of Galatia (Unpublished Cambridge University PhD thesis: 1958), 196, no. 284.

Inscriptiones Christianae Graecae database, no. 2441:

Further reading:
Delehaye, H., Les origines du culte des martyrs (Bruxelles : Société des Bollandistes, 1912), 186-187.

Destephen, S., "Martyrs locaux et cultes civiques en Asie Mineure", in: J.C. Caillet, S. Destephen, B. Dumézil, H. Inglebert,
Des dieux civiques aux saints patrons (IVe-VIIe siècle) (Paris: éditions A. & J. Picard, 2015), 102.

Foss, C.,"Late Antique and Byzantine Ankara",
Dumbarton Oaks Papers 31 (1977), 52-53.

The comments to
I. North Galatia, no. 237.

Reference works:
Bulletin épigraphique (1983), 438.

Record Created By

Pawel Nowakowski

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Related Saint Records
IDNameName in SourceIdentity
S00650Platon, martyr of Ankyra (central Asia Minor)ΠλάτωνCertain

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