Komitanassos (MAMA XI 365-368)

The modern village of Ortakuyu lies deep in the east-Lykaonian steppe, 28km north-east of Yağlıbayat (Savatra) and 16km south-east of Obruk Han. In 1956, Michael Ballance recorded three inscriptions at Ortakuyu (MAMA XI 365-7), with which I have grouped a fourth monument (MAMA XI 368), copied by Ballance at Dayıkuyusu Yayla, in the steppe south of Ortakuyu. Among the monuments recorded by Ballance at Ortakuyu was a votive bomos to Apollo Epekoos, erected by a certain Neikias, who carries the village-ethnic ‘Κουαμιτανασεύς’ (MAMA XI 365). Ballance connected this ethnic with the toponym Comitanasso in the Peutinger Table, attached to a road-station twenty Roman miles east of Perta, and plausibly suggested that Komitanassos should be situated at Ortakuyu itself. Three votive bomoi to Apollo in the Nevşehir museum, including one dedicated by a man with the ethnic Κομιτανασσεύς, have also been attributed to Ortakuyu by David French (SEG 57, 1723-5); other monuments which may derive from the village are discussed in the commentary to MAMA XI 365. Although it was clearly the site of a well-frequented sanctuary of Apollo, there is no reason to think that Komitanassos possessed an independent civic constitution; most likely it was a village on the territory of Savatra or Perta.1

List of monuments from Komitanassos


1. Ballance 1958: 224-8; TIB Galatien 153, s.v. Comitanasso; French 2007: 82-4.