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E00743: Greek graffito with a request for help addressed to Christ and *John the Apostle and Evangelist (here called the Theologian, S00042), written on a white marble wall panel, found in the Domitian Street in Ephesos (western Asia Minor). 5th c. or later.

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posted on 28.09.2015, 00:00 by pnowakowski
κ(ύρι)ε Ἠσοῦ Χ[ριστὲ καὶ Ἰωάννη(ς)]
ὁ θεόλογος [ῥύσατε ἡμᾶς ἀπὸ - - -]
ἀ̣π̣ὸ τε τοῦ [πονηροῦ (?). ἀμήν, γέ]-
νυτο κ(ύρι)ε

1. Ἠσοῦ = Ἰησοῦ || 2. perhaps [ἀπὸ πάσης νόσου (?)] I. Ephesos || 3-4. ἀμήν, γέ]|νυτο Feissel (in letter dated 17.09.2016)

'O Lord, Jesus Ch[rist and John] the Theologian [protect us from - - -] and from [evil (?). Amen], let it be so, O Lord.'

Text: I. Ephesos, no. 1279.

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Evidence ID

E00743

Saint Name

John the Evangelist : S00042

Saint Name in Source

Ἰωάννης

Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Inscribed architectural elements Inscriptions - Formal inscriptions (stone, mosaic, etc.)

Language

Greek

Evidence not before

400

Evidence not after

1300

Activity not before

400

Activity not after

1300

Place of Evidence - Region

Asia Minor

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Ephesus

Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Ephesus Nicomedia Νικομήδεια Nikomēdeia Izmit Πραίνετος Prainetos Nicomedia

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Prayer/supplication/invocation

Source

A graffito written on a white marble wall panel, found in the so-called 'Domitian Street'. H. 0.55 m; W. 1.15 m; Th. 0.12 m.

Discussion

The graffito is a request for help addressed to Christ and *John the Evangelist (termed, as often in Ephesos, 'the Theologian'). The editors suggested a reconstruction based on the 'Our Father' prayer. For a similar invocation based on the prayer 'Our Father', see E05037. Dating: Graffiti with such requests are usually dated to the late 5th or subsequent centuries.

Bibliography

Edition: Die Inschriften von Ephesos, no. 1279. Reference works: Bulletin épigraphique (1981), 468.

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