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Membership List of a Christian Synod (IV-V CE) Sagalassos area [Baris] - Pisidia

Sagalassos area [Baris] (Pisidia, Asia Minor — Pleiades map), IV or V CE?
J. R. S. Sterrett, An Epigraphical Journey in Asia Minor (Papers of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, vol. 2; Boston: Damrell and Upham, 1888), 118-119 (no. 89) = PHI 281606 = AGRW ID# 24196


Baris (modern Isparta) was located northwest of Sagalassos. The fourth or fifth century CE dating was based on a former reconstruction of line 1 that is not represented here. D.G. Hogarth, followed by William Ramsay (Historical Geography, p.177), first suggested the reconstruction used here. The designator, synodia (which was rare in Pisidia but used at least once there during IV/V CE), was also employed by non-Christian groups in Pisidia (CMRDM I 193 and IV 130; both imperial period). It could also be employed in monastic settings. A similar inscription was found in Bayat, but seems to have originated from the same estate as did this one (Bindeos) and produced by the same group but at a different time when their membership profile differed (J.R.S. Sterrett, The Wolfe Expedition to Asia Minor (Papers of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens 3; Boston, 1988), p.333 [no. 465]). Robert identified this as a Christian association in the name of Saint George (Robert, Hellenica vol. 10, p.239).

With the cooperation (synergia) of God, Christ, and the holy spirit, the association (synodia) of saint Georgios are: Estuaenon Eionnes the elder (presbyteros), Abramis the appointed-worker, Antonis the leader, Eionnes, Artemon, Maecius, Zotichos, Philippos, Clement, Kyriakos, Theodoulos, Artemon, Martyrios, Zotichos, Alexandros, Dimitrios, Attalos, Zotichos, Philippos, and Patrikios.

Translation by: Richard Last

θ(εο)ῦ συνερ(γίᾳ) καὶ Χριστ̣(οῦ) καὶ Ἁγίου Π̣ν(εύματος) |τοῦ ἁγίου Γεοργίου συνο|δία |Ἐστυαηνῶν Εἰωάννης | πρεσβύτερος, ἐρ(γεπιστήσας) Ἄβράμις,||[προ]άγων Ἀντῶνις· |Εἰωάννης, Ἀρτέμων,| Μ[α]ῖκις, Ζωτικὸς, Φίλιππο[ς], |Κλήμεντ[ος, Κ]υριακὸς,| Θ[ε]όδου[λος, Ἀ]ρτέμων,||Μαρτύρις, [Ζ]ωτικὸς,| Ἀλέξανδρος, Διμίτριος, | Ἄτταλος, Ζωτικὸς,| Φίλιππος, Πατ[ρίκιος(?)].

Item added: June 13, 2016
Item modified: June 13, 2016
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