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Artefact ID674
TM IDTM 34105
Findspot (DEChriM ID)2   (Šams al-Dīn)
Writing mediumGraffito
Text contentSubliterary

I.Oasis p. 38-39 no. 50; SB XX 14800; SEG XXXVIII 1777: Visitor's inscription.

Four lines carefully engraved, reading: "Remember in this place, in the kathesterion, in the house of God, your servant Herakleides. One God, Jesus Christ, who helps the souls".

A θεός was scratched off; "Jesus Christ" written ΙΗ ΧΡ (chrism).

Important inscription since it gives the name of the room where the graffito was written: the kathesterion was some kind of guest room located at the entrance of the church. For a similar graffito, see I.Oasis p. 28-29, no. 7.

Selection criteriaMention of Christian individuals/communities, Christian terms/formulas/concepts, 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, south wall, above the frieze and below I.Oasis p. 36-38, no. 49.

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, 38-39, no. 50.

Valérie Schram, 2021
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, 2021, "Artefact ID 674", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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