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E05994: Coptic ostracon from Deir el-Bahari (Upper Egypt) with an funerary inscription, mentioning the monastery of Apa *Stephen (presumably Stephen, the First Martyr, S00030) at the city of Ape (Upper Egpyt); datable to the 7th/8th century.

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posted on 18.07.2018, 00:00 by gschenke
O.Crum 491

+ ⲡⲛⲟⲩⲧⲉ ⲡⲁⲛⲟⲩ[ⲧⲉ]
ⲛⲓϩⲁⲣⲁⲩ ⲡϣⲏⲣⲉ [?]
ⲙⲡⲧⲟⲡⲟⲥ ⲉⲧⲟⲩⲁⲁⲃ
{ⲙ}ⲛⲁⲡⲁ ⲥⲧⲉⲫⲁⲛⲟⲥ
ⲛⲧⲡⲟⲗⲓⲥ ⲁⲡⲉ ⲛⲧⲁϥ[ⲓ]
[ⲉ]ⲃⲟⲗ ϩⲛ ⲥⲟⲩ ⲙⲛⲧⲁ[ⲥⲉ]
[ⲛⲉⲡ]ⲏⲡ ⲛⲧⲉⲫⲟⲙ[ⲡⲉ]

'God, my God! Niharau, the son of […] (or Niharau, (the son of) Pshere), from the holy topos of Apa Stephanos at the city of Ape. He has departed on day 16 of (the month) Epiph in the year …'


(Text: W. E. Crum; trans.: G. Schenke)

History

Evidence ID

E05994

Saint Name

Stephen, the First Martyr : S00030

Saint Name in Source

ⲁⲡⲁ ⲥⲧⲉⲫⲁⲛⲟⲥ

Type of Evidence

Late antique original manuscripts - Ostracon/Pot-sherd Inscriptions - Funerary inscriptions

Language

Coptic

Evidence not before

600

Evidence not after

799

Activity not before

600

Activity not after

799

Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Deir el-Bahari

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

Deir el-Bahari Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified

Cult activities - Places Named after Saint

  • Monastery

Source

This ostracon is kept at the British Museum in London, inv. 32917.

Discussion

For a church of Apa Stephen at Ape see E02467.

Bibliography

Text and translation: Crum, W.E., Coptic Ostraca from the Collections of the Egypt Exploration Fund (London, 1902), pp. 80 and 83. = O.Crum

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