Synnada (Greek: polytonic|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. [Barrington|62 & notes] Synnada remains a Roman Catholic Titular metropolis.


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). [Livy xxxviii. 15, xlv. 34.] 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, [Strab. xii.] but when Pliny wrote it was an important place, being the conventus juridicus for the whole of the surrounding country. [Plin. "H.N.", v. 29] Cicero mentions that he passed through Synnada on his way from Ephesus to Cilicia. [Cic. "ad Att." v. 20; comp. "ad Fam." iii. 8. xv. 4] 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. [Strab. "l. c."; Plin. xxxv. 1; Stat. Silv. i. 5. 36; Comp. Steph. B. "s. v."; Ptol. v. 2. § 24; Martial, ix. 76; Symmach. ii. 246.] 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 province vilayet of Broussa.

Ecclesiastical history

Christianity was introduced at an early date into Synnada. The "Martyrologium Hieronymianum" mentions several of its martyrs. For St. Trophimus, honoured by the Latin (Catholic) and Greek (Orthodox) Churches on 19 September [See "Acta Sanctorum", VI Sept., 9 sq.] . 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 Broussa; this monument may date back to the third century [See Mendel in " _fr. Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique", XXXIII (1909), 342 sq.] . Eusebius of Caesarea ["Church History", VI, 19.] speaks of its pious bishop Atticus who entrusted to the layman Theodore the duty of instructing the Christians. About 230-5 a council on the rebaptizing of heretics was held there [Eusebius, "Church History", VII, 7.] . 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:

*Procopius (321); Cyriacus, friend of St. John Chrysostom
*Theodosius and his competitor Agapetus, at first a Macedonian heretic
*Severus (431)
*Marinianus (448-51)
*Theogenes (536)
*Severus (553); St. Pausicacus, during the reign of Emperor Maurice, honoured by the Greek Church on 13 May
*Cosmas, 680
*John, adversary of the iconoclasts in the time of Patriarch St. Germanus
*St. Michael, honoured by the Latin and Greek churches 23 May, died 23 May, 826, in exile for his zeal in defending the worship of images
*Peter under Patriarch Photius
*John under Photius
*Pantaleon under Leo the Wise
*Leo under Basil II
*Nicetas in 1082
*Georgios at the Council of St. Sophia, about 1450, if one can believe the apocryphal Acts of this council, which perhaps never occurred.

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. Several years after (1385) the see was committed to the Metropolitan of Philadelphia. Finally St. Constantine, a converted Jew of Synnada, lived in the tenth century; he became a monk, and is honoured by the Greek Church 26 December.

A famous incumbent of the titular archbishopric was the dissident traditionalist Catholic Archbishop Marcel-François Lefebvre.

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