|TM ID||TM 34138|
|Findspot (DEChriM ID)||15 (al-Baǧawāt)||Class||Funerary element, Textual|
I.Oasis p. 65-66 no. 6; IGChrEg 355; SB XX 14852; SEG XXXVIII 1696: Funerary inscription.
Red dipinto located at the top of the niche, under the arch of the vault, on the wall facing the entrance. All around the dipinto: stylized twigs at the left and right of the niche; two cruces ansatae, letters α and ω, and small friezes above the dipinto; two stylized twigs and three leaves below the text.
The text bears an inscription commemorating someone, most probably a soldier, from the province of Arabia: "Autheio, son of Mataios, Mogabean, coming from the village of No-- the metropolis of which is Bostra", wishing "Good luck to the writer and to the reader (of this inscription)".
|Selection criteria||Christian symbols/gestures/isopsephy, Archaeological context associated with Christian markers|
The inscription is clearly part of the original chapel devoted to the deceased Autheio. The association of the text with early Christian symbols (see Bowen 2014) and the architectural type of the Chapel point toward an early date.
Dated to "Later Roman Imperial Period" by MacAdam 1986 (SEG 38-1696) and to the end of the 4th c. by Cipriano 2003: 283.
|Absolute/relative date||Relative date|
East wall of Chapel no. 200, one of the oldest square domed type (type 4) acc. to Fakhry 1951.
Al-Baǧawāt, in situ (Chapel no. 200 / Roquet, Ghica no. 11.03)