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Artefact ID1155
TM IDTM 104984
Findspot (DEChriM ID)49   (Dayr Abū Mīnā)
ClassArchitectural element, Ornamental element, Textual
Writing mediumInscription
Text contentSubliterary

SEG XXXIV 1529: Dedication by Geron

Opus sectile emblem (dim.: 35 x 41 cm) of which the main motif is a myrtle wreath fitted into a square frame, in the centre of which is a large crux monogrammatica (staurogram). The panel is extended to the sides by additional frame pieces and an incised dedication was placed underneath by someone named Geron. What was dedicated by this Geron, however, is not stated (Grossmann 1984: 127-128).

Selection criteriaChristian symbols/gestures/isopsephy
Date from300
Date to475
Dating criteria

Archaeological context; decoration. The datable inscription on a reused slab under which the opus sectile emblem was found (SEG 32-1567) provides no stratigraphic terminus as both objects were reused.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Found during excavations led by the Deutschen Archäologischen Institut Kairo at Abū Mīnā (Spring of 1983), in the presbyterium of the Small Basilica (or Crypt Church). The opus sectile piece was found lying on the bottom of a pit excavated below the floor of the presbyterium; this same pit was partly covered by the marble slab SEG 32-1567, which was also embedded in the floor of the presbyterium.

Accession number

Abū Mīnā, Small Basilica in situ


Editio princeps

• Grossmann, Peter. 1984. "2. Funde im Presbyterium." In "Abu Mina Elfter vorläufiger Bericht. Kampagnen 1982 und 1983." Mitteilungen des deutschen archäologischen Instituts Abteilung Kairo 40, 126-131 (esp. 127-128).  

Additional bibliography

• Pleket, H.W. and Stroud, R.S., “SEG 34-1529. Abu Mina. Dedication by Geron, before the 6th cent. A.D.” In Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum, Current editors: A. T. E. N. Chaniotis Corsten Stavrianopolou Papazarkadas. Consulted online on 01 June 2021

Valérie Schram, Victor Ghica, 2021
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, Victor Ghica, 2021, "Artefact ID 1155", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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