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Artefact ID628
TM IDTM 34085
Findspot (DEChriM ID)2   (Šams al-Dīn)
Writing mediumGraffito
Text contentSubliterary

I.Oasis p. 32-33, no. 31; SB XX 14780; SEG 26 1790; SEG XXXVIII 1756: Visitor's inscription.
Five lines apparently written in the same clumsy hand:

"Paulos, Klaros soldiers of Apollonos Ano.
Isak, servant of Jesus Christ".

"Jesus Christ" abbreviated ΙΗ ΧΡ (chrism).

Under l. 1-2, on the right side of l. 3-5, in the middle of the wall, two praying figures are drawn.

Other soldiers from Apollonos Ano/Edfu left inscriptions in the corridor leading to the church (see I.Oasis p. 36-38, no. 49 and no. 61), soldiers from the Secunda Traiana according to Notitia, Or. XXXI 34.


Add. I.Oasis p. 44, no. 31a:

One more line, above no. 31, reading "Paulos, servant of Jesus Christ". Probably the same soldier from Apollonos Ano.

Selection criteriaChristian terms/formulas/concepts, Christian onomastics, Christian symbols/gestures/isopsephy
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, inside the niche.

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, 32-33, no. 31 and 44, no. 31a.

Valérie Schram, 2021
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, 2021, "Artefact ID 628", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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