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Artefact ID685
TM IDTM 34117
Findspot (DEChriM ID)2   (Šams al-Dīn)
Writing mediumGraffito
Text contentSubliterary

I.Oasis p. 41-42, no. 61; SB XX 14812; SEG XXVI 1783: Visitor's inscription.

Five lines of an inscription deeply and carefully engraved in the plaster, with a frame.

Wishes of luck written by soldiers of the legion in Apollonos Ano/Edfu; among them one Biktor son of Paulos. Other inscriptions left by soldiers from the same legion are I.Oasis p. 32-33, no. 31 and I.Oasis p. 36-38, no. 49.

About Taneus (l. 3), supposedly an ethnic according to Wagner, see Bagnall 1989: 383 and O.Chams el-Din 4, 2 (Πανευς).

Selection criteriaChristian onomastics
Date from300
Date to399
Dating criteria

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

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

In the corridor leading from the vestibule of the church to the kathesterion, north wall, just above the frieze.

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, 41-42, no. 61.

Additional bibliography

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

Valérie Schram, 2021
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, 2021, "Artefact ID 685", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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