|TM ID||TM 34140|
|Findspot (DEChriM ID)||15 (al-Baǧawāt)||Class||Funerary element, Textual|
I.Oasis p. 66-67 no. 8; SB XX 14854; SEG XLIX 2211: Epigram of Petechon.
Facing the entrance, a part of the wall was specially plastered and prepared for the text, but a major part of it was destroyed with the wall (Fakhry 1951: 162).
The text consists of an acrostic epigram in 7 paragraphs of 4-5 lines, each one corresponding to one of the letters of the name of the young man deceased at age 15, Petechon. Only the last strophe of the poem is preserved: "N – I have separated myself from my worldly bride to participate in the life of the Spirit. He lived 15 years".
The vocabulary makes this text part of a series of epitaphs written for Christian aôroi (Wagner 1987: 67) and testifies both of a good command of Greek and certain creativity (see Bingen 1999: 620).
|Selection criteria||Christian terms/formulas/concepts, Archaeological context associated with Christian markers|
Palaeography (Wagner 1987: 66 "l'écriture est du IVe s.") and archaeological context.
|Absolute/relative date||Relative date|
Probably Chapel no. 193, one of the oldest square domed type (type 4).
Al-Baǧawāt, in situ (Chapel 193 / Roquet, Ghica no. 16.01)