Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Tomb of St Philip the Apostle

There have been reports recently of the discovery of the tomb of St Philip the Apostle at the site of the ancient city of Hierapolis in south-west Turkey.

There is a link to an article by Francesco d'Andria, the chief archaeologist on this project, in the journal Biblical Archaeology Review which can be read here. From this the scale of the Martyrium can be appreciated, and one can form some idea of what the whole complex was like.


The remains of the Martyrium of St Philip at Hierapolis

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The recently identified tomb of St Philip

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