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1st/2nd century AD Roman statue of Dionysus from Synnada.

Synnada (Greek: Σύνναδα) was an ancient town of Phrygia Salutaris in Asia Minor. Its site is now occupied by the modern Turkish town of Şuhut, in Afyonkarahisar Province.[1]


Synnada was situated in the south-eastern part of eastern Phrygia, or Parorea, thus named because it extended to the foot of the mountains of Pisidia, at the extremity of a plain about 60 stadia in length, and covered with olive plantations.

Early history

Synnada is said to have been founded by Acamas who went to Phrygia after the Trojan war and took some Macedonian colonists. It enters written history when the Roman consul Gnaeus Manlius Vulso passed through that city on his expeditions against the Galatians (189 BCE).[2] After having belonged to the kingdom of the Attalids, it became the capital of a district of the province of Asia, except on two occasions during the last century of the Roman Republic when it was temporarily attached to Cilicia. Under Diocletian at the time of the creation of Phrygia Pacatiana, Synnada, at the intersection of two great roads, became the metropolis (capital). In Strabo's time it was still a small town,[3] but when Pliny wrote it was an important place, being the conventus juridicus for the whole of the surrounding country.[4] Cicero mentions that he passed through Synnada on his way from Ephesus to Cilicia.[5] The city was celebrated throughout the Roman Empire on account of the trade in a beautiful kind of marble, which came from nearby quarries and was commonly called Synnadic marble, though it came properly from a place in the neighborhood, Docimia, whence it was more correctly called Docimites lapis. This marble was of a light color, interspersed with purple spots and veins.[6] Under Diocletian at the time of the creation of Phrygia Pacatiana, Synnada, at the intersection of two great roads, became the metropolis (capital). On its coins, which disappear after the reign of Gallienus, its inhabitants call themselves Dorians and Ionians. Under Ottoman rule it became the city of Schifout Kassaba, situated five hours south of Afyonkarahisar, in the vilayet of Broussa.

Ecclesiastical history

Christianity was introduced at an early date into Synnada. The Martyrologium Hieronymianum mentions several of its martyrs, such as St. Trophimus, honoured by the Latin (Catholic) and Greek (Orthodox) Churches on 19 September.[7] A reliquary in the form of a sarcophagus containing some of the bones of this martyr has been discovered at Schifout Kassaba and transported to the museum at Prussa or Bursa; this monument may date back to the 3rd century.[8] Eusebius of Caesarea[9] speaks of its pious bishop Atticus who entrusted to the layman Theodore the duty of instructing the Christians.

About 230-235 a council on the rebaptizing of heretics was held there.[10] St. Agapetus, mentioned in the Roman Martyrology on 24 March as Bishop of Synnada, belonged to Synaus.

For a list of other bishops see Le Quien, Oriens christianus, I, 827. Mention must be made of:

The last Bishop of Synnada spoken of in the documents, without mentioniong his name, probably lived under John Cantacuzenus (see "Cantacuz. Hist.", III, 73) and probably never lived at Synnada on account of the Turkish conquest.

St. Constantine, a converted Jew of Synnada, lived in the 10th century; he became a monk, and is honoured by the Greek Church 26 December.

In 1385 the see was committed for the Greek Church to the Metropolitan of Philadelphia. The metropolitan see of Synnada continues to be included in the list of titular sees recognized by the Roman Catholic Church. In 1963 it was assigned to Marcel-François Lefebvre, who later became a traditionalist Catholic dissident. Since the Second Vatican Council no new appointments have been made to this eastern titular see.

Titular Bishops

  • Pedro Rafael González y Calixto † (15 Jun 1893 Appointed - 14 Jul 1893 Succeeded, Archbishop of Quito)
  • Henri-Victor Altmayer, O.P. † (28 Aug 1902 Appointed - 12 Nov 1930 Died)
  • José Belisario Santistevan Seoane † (22 Nov 1930 Appointed - 30 Mar 1931 Died)
  • Giacomo Ghio † (20 Oct 1931 Appointed - 4 Nov 1935 Died)
  • Ildebrando Antoniutti † (19 May 1936 Appointed - 24 May 1962 Appointed, Cardinal-Priest of San Sebastiano alle Catacombe)
  • Marcel-François Lefebvre, C.S.Sp. † (7 Aug 1962 Appointed - 10 Dec 1970 Resigned) [11]


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  1. ^ Richard Talbert, Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World, (ISBN 0-691-03169-X), Map 62 & notes.
  2. ^ Livy xxxviii. 15, xlv. 34.
  3. ^ Strab. xii.
  4. ^ Plin. H.N., v. 29
  5. ^ Cic. ad Att. v. 20; comp. ad Fam. iii. 8. xv. 4
  6. ^ Strab. l. c.; Plin. xxxv. 1; Stat. Silv. i. 5. 36; Comp. Stephanus of Byzantium s. v.; Ptolemy v. 2. § 24; Martial, ix. 76; Symmach. ii. 246.
  7. ^ See Acta Sanctorum, VI Sept., 9 sq.
  8. ^ See Mendel in "Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique", XXXIII (1909), 342 sq.
  9. ^ Church History, VI, 19.
  10. ^ Eusebius, Church History, VII, 7.
  11. ^ Synnada in Phrygia at Catholic Heirachy]


  • Louis Robert, Lettres d'un évêque de Synnada (Paris, 1962).

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