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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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posted on 2016-04-22, 00:00 authored by gschenke
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.


Evidence ID


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



Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


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



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


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.


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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