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Although the inscription does not reveal the identity of a particular monument,it offers information specific to the time it was cut, including the name of the local bishop, one Photinos (otherwise unattested), the name of his superior, the ArchbishopSabinos, and the fact of their involvement on the ground and in the workings of Arsinoe.The inscription also reflects Christianization of patronage and conceptions of timein the city. The prominent placement of the names of bishops elevated the local,ecclesiastical hierarchy to the rank of eponymous leaders of the community. As a result,the passage of years and changing names of church officials presented time with adistinctly Christian cast.
Meanwhile, the act of patronage and its inscription representedthese bishops in the traditional role of the local elite, and perhaps also a general tendencyat this time to over-endow the island with bishoprics so that even smaller towns joined inthe new network of authority.
In any case, the inscriptions complement thearchaeological record in showing that these oft-repaired and modified buildings stood asa testimony to the community's enduring commitment to its monuments as the center of social and religious life. The buildings, their patrons, and the dynamic relationship between the community and their built environment mark the gradual transformationfrom the ancient to the Medieval and, indeed, to the modern village.The post-classical buildings recovered by the Princeton team define the actualurban space of the Late Antique city. Three excavated sites, all located within 200 metersof each other along the village’s main road north to the sea, provide evidence for athriving population. The site nearest the center of the modern town, known as area EF2,includes at its heart a modest, three-aisled basilica (23 m x 12
m) embedded in a built-up and well-serviced Ancient and Medieval neighborhood (Najbjerg essay, fig. 8).