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E01247: Coptic funerary inscription on marble from the necropolis of the monastery of Apa Jeremias at Saqqara (Lower Egypt) with an invocation to the typical group of saints celebrated at Saqqara: *Michael (the Archangel, S00181), *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033), *Gabriel (the Archangel, S00192), *Adam (S00772), Apa *Jeremias, Apa *Enoch, and Ama *Sibylla (S00773), datable to the 8th/9th c.

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posted on 2016-04-07, 00:00 authored by gschenke
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+ ⲡⲓⲱⲧ ⲡϣⲏⲣⲉ ⲡⲉ-
ⲡⲛⲁ ⲉⲧⲟⲩⲁⲃ ⲟ ⲁⲅⲓ-
ⲟⲥ ⲙⲓⲭⲁⲏⲗ ⲑⲁⲅⲓⲁ
ⲙⲁⲣⲓⲁ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲅⲁⲃⲣⲓⲏⲗ
ⲡⲉⲛⲉⲓⲱⲧ ⲁⲇⲁⲙ ⲁⲡⲁ
ⲓⲉⲣⲏⲙⲓⲁⲥ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲉⲛ-
ⲱⲭ ⲁⲙⲁ ⲥⲓⲃⲩⲗⲗⲁ
ⲡⲉⲛⲥⲟⲛ ⲡⲡⲁⲡⲁ
ⲁⲛⲟⲩⲡ ⲡⲕⲟⲩⲧⲏⲩⲥ
ⲁϥⲉⲙⲧⲟⲛ ⲙⲙⲟϥ ⲛ-
ⲥⲟⲩ : ⲓⲏ ⲛⲧⲱⲃⲉ ϩⲛ
ⲟⲩⲉⲓⲣⲏⲛⲏ ϩⲁⲙⲏⲛ

'Father, Son, (and) Holy Spirit. Saint Michael, Saint Mary, Apa Gabriel, our father Adam, Apa Jeremias, Apa Enoch, (and) Ama Sibylla!
Our brother Papa Anoup, the shoemaker, has gone to rest on day 18 of the month Tybi in peace. Amen.'

Translation: Gesa Schenke.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Michael, the Archangel : S00181 Mary, Mother of Christ : S00033 Gabriel, the Archangel : S00192 Adam and Zoe/Eve : S00772 Jeremias, Enoch, and Sibylla : S00773

Saint Name in Source

ⲟ ⲁⲅⲓⲟⲥ ⲙⲓⲭⲁⲏⲗ ⲑⲁⲅⲓⲁ ⲙⲁⲣⲓⲁ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲅⲁⲃⲣⲓⲏⲗ ⲡⲉⲛⲉⲓⲱⲧ ⲁⲇⲁⲙ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲓⲉⲣⲏⲙⲓⲁⲥ, ⲁⲡⲁ ⲉⲛⲱⲭ, ⲁⲙⲁ ⲥⲓⲃⲩⲗⲗⲁ

Type of Evidence

Inscriptions - Funerary inscriptions


  • Coptic

Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc


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

Saqqara Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs



The marble plaque inv. 941 belongs to the Egyptian Collection in Heidelberg.


Apa Jeremias, Apa Enoch, and Ama Sibylla are frequently referred to as the Saqqara triad of saints.


Edition: M.R.M. Hasitzka, Koptisches Sammelbuch I (KSB I) (Vienna, 1993), 171.

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    Evidence -  The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity