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E01301: Coptic funerary inscription for a man named Hypnos with an invocation to the God of *Kollouthos (physician and martyr of Antinoopolis, S00641), presumably 6th/7th century, most likely from Antinoopolis or Hermopolis (Middle Egypt).

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B.N. 43

+̣ ⲡ̣ⲙ̣ⲁ̣ⲕ̣(ⲁⲣⲓⲟⲥ) ⲩ̣ⲡⲛⲟⲥ ⲡⲛⲟⲩⲧⲉ
ⲙⲫⲁⲅⲓⲟⲥ ⲕⲟⲗⲗⲟⲩⲑⲟⲥ
ⲉⲕⲉⲣ ⲟⲩⲛⲁ ⲙⲛ ⲧⲉϥⲯⲭⲏ
ϩⲁⲙⲏⲛ ⲁⲩⲱ ⲛⲧⲉⲧⲛϣ̣-
ⲗⲏⲗ ϩⲁ ⲧⲁⲯⲭⲏ ϫⲉ ⲁⲡϫⲟ-
ⲉⲓⲥ ⲡⲟⲟⲛⲉⲧ ⲉⲃⲟⲗ ϩⲛ ⲛⲉ-
ϩⲟⲟⲩ ⲛⲧⲁⲙⲛⲧϣⲏⲣⲉ ϣⲏⲙ
ⲛⲓⲙ ⲅⲁⲣ ⲡⲉ ⲡⲣⲱⲙⲉ ⲉϥⲛⲁ-
ⲱⲛϩ ⲁⲩⲱ ⲛϥⲧⲙⲛⲁⲩ
ⲉⲡⲙⲟⲩ +

'The blessed Hypnos. God of saint Kollouthos, may you have mercy on his soul. Amen. And may you (Kollouthos) pray for my soul, since the Lord has turned me around during the days of my early childhood. For which human being who will live shall not experience death?'

Translation: Gesa Schenke.

History

Evidence ID

E01301

Saint Name

Kollouthos, physician from Antinoopolis (Middle Egypt), ob. early 4th cent. : S00641

Saint Name in Source

ⲫⲁⲅⲓⲟⲥ ⲕⲟⲗⲗⲟⲩⲑⲟⲥ

Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Funerary inscriptions

Language

Coptic

Evidence not before

500

Evidence not after

699

Activity not before

500

Activity not after

699

Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica Egypt and Cyrenaica

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Antinoopolis Hermopolis

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

Antinoopolis Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis Hermopolis Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Prayer/supplication/invocation

Source

The grave stele is kept at the Bibliothéque Nationale in Paris, Inv. 43.

Discussion

For a comparison with other invocations to the God of saint Kollouthos on grave steles, see E01263 and E01264. The invocation to Kollouthos with respect to the person who commissioned the stele seems to refer to himself as having received healing as a child through the intercession of the saint.

Bibliography

Revillout, E., 'Mélanges d’épigraphie et de linguistique égyptienne', in: Mélanges d’ Archéologie égyptienne et assyrienne, Paris, 1873–1876, II, 166–196, esp. 173–174.

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