This volume is part of the Berlin Topoi project re-examing the early Christian history of Asia Minor, Greece and the South Balkans, and is concerned with the emergence of Christianity in Asia Minor and in Cyprus. Five essays focus on the east Anatolian provinces, including a comprehensive evaluation of early Christianity in Cappadocia, a comparative study of the Christian poetry of Gregory of Nazianzus and his anonymous epigraphic contemporaries and three essays which pay special attention to the hagiography of Cappadocia and Armenia Minor. The remaining essays include a new analysis of the role of Constantinople in episcopal elections across Asia Minor, a detailed appraisal of the archaeological evidence from Sagalassus in Pisidia, a discussion of the significance of inscriptions in Carian sanctuaries through late antiquity, and a survey of Christian inscriptions from Cyprus.
Stephen Mitchell FBA, DPhil (Oxford, 1975) is meritus Professor of Hellenistic Culture, Exeter University and Dr Theol h.c. at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He has published extensively on the epigraphy, archaeology and history of Asia Minor, including
The Greek and Latin Inscriptions of Ankara (Ancyra), 2 vols. (Munich, 2012 and 2019).
Philipp Pilhofer, Dr.theol. (2017), is a research assistant at the chair of Ancient Christianity at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. His dissertation
Das frühe Christentum im kilikisch-isaurischen Bergland (Berlin, 2018) focuses on Christianity in Cilicia and Isauria up to the fifth century.
Table of contents
Preface List of Figures Abbreviations Notes on Contributors
Introduction Stephen Mitchell and Philipp Pilhofer
Between Paganism and Judaism: Early Christianity in Cappadocia Margherita Cassia
Hagiography and the Great Persecution in Sebastea and Armenia Minor Stephen Mitchell
Martyrs, Monks, and Heretics in Rocky Cappadocia Gaetano Arena
The Origins and Development of the Cults of Saint Gordius and Saint Mamas in Cappadocia Aude Busine
Faith and Verse: Gregory of Nazianzus and Early Christian Village Poetry Christiane Zimmermann
Constantinople and Asia Minor: Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction in the Fourth Century Turhan Kaçar
The Rise of Christianity at Sagalassus Peter Talloen
Inscribing Caria: the Perseverance of Epigraphic Traditions in Late Antiquity Anna M. Sitz
The Christian Epigraphy of Cyprus: a Preliminary Study Daniela Summa
Scholars, students and interested in the process of Christianisation in late antiquity, or with a focus on Asia Minor and Cyprus.