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Minunea sfântului arhanghel Mihail la Hone, icoana ruseasca din secolul al XV-lea.

Colose (în greaca veche: Κολοσσαί) a fost un oraș antic din Frigia, pe râul Licus, celebru în rândul creștinilor pentru Epistola către Coloseni a Sfântului Apostol Pavel. Era situat la circa 12 mile sud-est de Laodiceea și lângă drumul important care ducea de la Efes la Eufrat. Nu s-au făcut niciodată săpături arheologice pe locul istoric al orașului.

Unele surse disting Colose de Hone sau Kona (gr. Χωναί/Χῶναι), azi numit Honaz (Turcia) - Hone ar fi, după aceste surse, un oraș medieval; alți istorici considera ca Colose și Hone sunt nume succesive pentru același oraș.[1][2]


In 396 BC, during the Persian Wars, the satrap Tissaphernes was lured to Colossae and slain by an agent of the party of Cyrus the Younger. Pliniu cel Batrân tells that the wool of Colossae gave its name (colossinus) to the colour of the cyclamen flower. During the Hellenistic period, the town was of some mercantile importance, although by the 1st century it had dwindled greatly in size and significance.

It does not appear his Epistle to the Colossians that Apostolul Pavel had visited this city, for it only speaks of him having heard of their faith (Col. 1:4) and since he tells Apostolul Filimon of his hope to visit it upon being freed from prison (see Philemon 1:22). To judge from the Letter to the Colossians, Epaphras was a person of some importance in the Christian community there (Col. 1:7; Col. 4:12), and tradition presents him as its first bishop. Tradition also gives Philemon as the second bishop of the see. The first historically documented bishop is Epiphanius, who was not personally at the Council of Chalcedon, but whose metropolitan bishop Nunechius of Laodicea, the capital of the Roman province of Phrygia Pacatiana signed the acts on his behalf.

In Imperiul bizantin times, Colossae fell into decay (possibly due to an earthquake) and the town of Chonae arose near its ruins. The first recorded bishop of Chonae was Cosmas, who signed the acts of the Sinodul Quinisext of 692 as bishop of "Colossae or Chonae". A successor of his, named Theodosius or Dositheus, was mentioned as participating in the Sinodul VII Ecumenic in 787 as bishop of "Chonae or Colossae". In about 858-860 the bishopric was elevated to the rank of autocephalous archdiocese and later to that of metropolitan see, but without suffragans. It is no longer mentioned in documents later than the end of the 14th century.[3][4][5] No longer a residential bishopric, Colossae is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see.[6]

Orașul a fost locul de naștere al scriitorilor bizantini și frați buni: Nichita Honiatis și Mihail Honiatis.

În 1206–1230, orașul era guvernat de Manuel Maurozomes.

Minunea sfântului arhanghel Mihail

Minunea sfântului arhanghel Mihail în Colose (Hone).
(Menologiul lui Vasile al II-lea, sec. X sau XI)

In Byzantine and Russian art, the theme of the Miracle of the Archangel Michael at Chonae (Τὸ ἐν Χωναῖς/Χῶναις Θαῦμα τοῦ Ἀρχαγγέλου Μιχαήλ) is intimately linked with the site. Eastern Orthodox tradition tells that the pagans directed the stream of a river against the sanctuary of St. Michael there to destroy it, but Mihail (Arhanghelul) appeared and split the rock by lightning to give a new bed to the stream, diverting the flow away from the church and sanctifying forever the waters which came from the gorge. The Orthodox celebrate a feast in commemoration of this event on 6 September. The Monastery of the Miracle (Chudov Monastery) in the Moscow Kremlin, where the Russian Tsars were baptized, was dedicated to the Feast of the Miracle at Kona.

The 5th- to 7th-century texts that refer to the miracle at Chonae formed the basis of specific paradigms for "properly approaching" angelic intermediaries for more effective prayers within the Christian culture.[7]


  1. William Smith, Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography (1854), entry "Colossae"
  2. Sophrone Pétridès, "Colossae" in Catholic Encyclopedia (New York 1908)
  3. Michel Lequien, Oriens christianus in quatuor Patriarchatus digestus, Paris 1740, Vol. I, coll. 813-818
  4. Raymond Janin, v. 1. Colosses, in Dictionnaire d'Histoire et de Géographie ecclésiastiques, vol. XIII, Paris 1956, col. 341
  5. Raymond Janin, v. Chonae, in Dictionnaire d'Histoire et de Géographie ecclésiastiques, vol. XII, Paris 1953, coll. 760-761
  6. Annuario Pontificio 2013 (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 2013 ISBN 978-88-209-9070-1), p. 873
  7. Subtle bodies: representing angels in Byzantium by Glenn Peers 2001 Univ of Calif Press ISBN 0-520-22405-1 page 144 [1]


  • Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.
  • Bennett, Andrew Lloyd. "Archaeology From Art: Investigating Colossae and the Miracle of the Archangel Michael at Kona." Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin 50 (2005):15-26.

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