Clarke, Joseph Thacher ; Bacon, Francis H. ; Koldewey, Robert
Investigations at Assos: expedition of the Archaeological Institute of America ; drawings and photographs of the buildings and objects discovered during the excavations of 1881, 1882, 1883 (Part I - V) — London, 1902-1921

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lower town. The Turks had chiselled off the horizontal bars
of the two crosses on each side of the center ornament but
left the inscription cut in rude letters on the upper moulding
(Page 170, Fig. 1); this inscription reads as follows:
Naov to craffpov KrjpvKo<; Kopvrpdov
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vaov to TepTTvbv, Tpv [$] eerie, to 7ro[ue]lXop,
vireppur/ re XapTrpoTpTa 7ras flXenaiv
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/cal Xvaw eTov (i.e., aiTOv) iTTeapa.Ta>v tu>v ev fitas

“ Anthimos, the president of Skamandros, earnestly praying for
the forgiveness of his many sins as his reward, has with zeal and labor
restored to beauty the unsound parts of the Church of the Herald
Cornelius. Let every one who looks upon the delightsomeness of the
church, its situation, its mosaic, its marvellous splendor, think of the
servant (of the Lord) Anthimos, the restorer of this, and pray for the
forgiveness of the sins of his life.”

St. Cornelius, the Centurion (see Acts of the Apostles, chap.
X), was the first of the Gentiles to be baptised by St. Peter.
He became a missionary to the Troad, says tradition, founded
a church at Skepsis, died and was buried there. According to
Le Quien (Or/rat Chnstianus, I, p. 784), Skepsis afterwards
changed his name to ’A-yios KopjufXios, and Philippus Cyprius
mentions Ilagios Cornelios as a bishopric.
Skamandros was a town of the Troad in later times. It is
mentioned in the list of Hierokles (fynecdemus), 672, 10, ed.
Parthey, Berlin, 1866), and Pliny, $, 124, says Scamandria
civitas Proadis.


Fig. 2. Detail of Mihrab
(See Page 169, Fig. 2)
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