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Artefact ID692
TM IDTM 34136
Findspot (DEChriM ID)15   (al-Baǧawāt)
Writing mediumDipinto, Graffito
Text contentSubliterary

I.Oasis p. 63 no. 2; SEG XXXVIII 1698: Invocation.

On the left side of the west wall, partly inscribed, partly painted in red, three lines of a text added on top of I.Oasis p. 62-63 no. 1 in much smaller letters. After an initial abbreviated nomen sacrum with staurogram (ϲ⳨oϲ) isolated on l. 1 comes a usual funerary formula followed by an allusion to Luke 23.42.

The reading of the last line was corrected by Cauderlier 1989: 226.

Selection criteriaSubliterary genre (Liturgical), Christian symbols/gestures/isopsephy, Nomina sacra, Biblical quote or paraphrase
Date from350
Date to499
Dating criteria

The text shares many similarities with I.Oasis p. 62-63 no. 1 in hand, position and funerary content pointing to an early date.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Chapel 71 is of a "square domed type" (type 4, Fakhry 1951: 20)

Accession number

Al-Baǧawāt, in situ (Chapel no. 71 / Roquet, Ghica no. 1.06)


Editio princeps

• Wagner, Guy. 1987. Les oasis dʼÉgypte à lʼépoque grecque, romaine et byzantine dʼaprès les documents grecs. Le Caire: Ifao, 63, no. 2 and pl. XXIV.

Additional bibliography

• Cauderlier, Patrice. 1989. "Wagner (Guy), Les Oasis dʼÉgypte à lʼépoque grecque, romaine et byzantine". Revue des Études Grecques, 102, 485/486. 226-227.

• Fakhry, Ahmed. 1951. The Necropolis of El-Bagawat in Kharga Oasis. Cairo: Government press, 131-132 and pl. XXXVI B.

• Pleket, H.W. and Stroud, R.S. 1988. “SEG 38-1697-1725. Khargeh Oasis (Bagawat). Inscriptions, graffiti, funerary stelai.” In Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum, Current editors: A. T. E. N. Chaniotis Corsten Stavrianopolou Papazarkadas. Consulted online (2021).

Valérie Schram, 2021
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, 2021, "Artefact ID 692", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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