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Artefact ID619
TM IDTM 34061
Findspot (DEChriM ID)2   (Šams al-Dīn)
Writing mediumGraffito
Text contentSubliterary

I.Oasis p. 28-29, no. 7; SB XX 14756; SEG XXVI 1786; SEG XXXIX 1701: Visitor's inscription.

Five lines of text deeply engraved reading "Remember in this (holy) place, in the ... house of God, Herakleios" (with corrections by Bagnall 1989: 343). The adjective preceding "house" is problematic: Wagner read εὐσκίστη, taking it as an error for εὐσκί<α>στη, a hapax in Sophocles, Oed. Col. 1707; Bagnall 1989: 343 suggested an error for εὐσχίστῃ and Hagedorn 1996: 182 suggested to read θυσιαστηρ̣[ίῳ]. None of these solutions seemed fully satisfying to them. Another one suggested by R.A. Tybout (see SEG XXXIX 1701) could be εὐ{σ}κ⟨τ⟩ίστῃ.

For a similar inscription in the same room, see I.Oasis p. 38-39 no. 50.

Selection criteriaChristian terms/formulas/concepts
Date from300
Date to399
Dating criteria

Palaeography and archaeological context (Wagner 1987: 27 and 182).

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Church, kathesterion, west wall, left side of the niche, below I.Oasis p. 28, no. 5.

Accession number

Šams al-Dīn, in situ


Editio princeps

• Wagner, Guy. 1987. Les oasis d'Egypte à l'époque grecque, romaine et byzantine d'après les documents grecs. Le Caire: Ifao, 28-29, no. 7.

Additional bibliography

• Bagnall, Roger. 1989. Review of G. Wagner, Les oasis d'Egypte. Bibliotheca Orientalis 46, p. 342-346.

• Hagedorn, Dieter. 1996. "Bemerkungen zu Urkunden". Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 112, 181-182.

• Wagner, Guy. 1976. "Inscriptions et graffiti grecs inédits de la Grande Oasis (rapport préliminaire, Khargeh et Dakhleh, mars et juin 1975)". Bulletin de l'Institut Français d'archéologie orientale, 286 (descr.).

Valérie Schram, 2021
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, 2021, "Artefact ID 619", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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