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E05465: Coptic inscription from Wadi Sarga (Upper Egypt), with an invocation of *Moses (Old Testament prophet and lawgiver, S00241), *Enoch (Old Testament patriarch, S00762), Apa *Jeremia (S00773), Apa *Papohe (S02066), Apa *Apollo (S00774), Apa *Anoup (S00774), Apa *Pshoi (S01245), Apa *Pamoun (S00775); datable to the 7th/8th century.

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posted on 2018-05-18, 00:00 authored by gschenke
I.Sarga 66

] ⲁⲡⲁ ⲥ̣[ ].ⲣⲉ . ⲡⲉⲛⲉⲓⲱⲧ ⲙⲱⲩⲥⲏⲥ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲉⲛⲟⲭ ⲡⲉⲅⲣⲁ[ⲙⲙⲁ]ⲉⲩⲥ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲓⲉⲣⲏⲙⲓⲁⲥ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲡⲁⲡⲟϩⲉ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲁⲡⲟⲗⲱ ⲛⲟϭ, ⲁⲡⲁ ⲁⲛⲟⲩⲡ
ⲁⲡⲁ ⲡϣⲁ̣ⲓ ⲛⲉⲣ̣ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲡⲁⲙⲟⲩⲛ ⲡⲣⲙ[ (following lines lost)

‘… ] Apa … ! Our father Moses! Apa Enoch, the scribe! Apa Jeremia, Apa Papohe, Apa Apollo, great one! Apa Anoup, Apa Pshoi of Jeremia, Apa Pamoun, man of […’

(Text and trans. W. E. Crum)


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Moses, Old Testament prophet and lawgiver : S00241 Enoch, Old Testament patriarch : S00762 Jeremias, Enoch, and Sibylla : S00773 Apollo, Phib, and Anoup : S00774 Pshoi, 4th century Egyptian martyr under Culcianus : S01245 Pamoun : S00775 Papohe

Saint Name in Source

ⲙⲱⲩⲥⲏⲥ ⲉⲛⲟⲭ ⲡⲉⲅⲣⲁ[ⲙⲙⲁ]ⲉⲩⲥ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲓⲉⲣⲏⲙⲓⲁⲥ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲁⲡⲟⲗⲱ, ⲁⲡⲁ ⲁⲛⲟⲩⲡ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲡϣⲁ̣ⲓ ⲡⲁⲙⲟⲩⲛ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲡⲁⲡⲟϩⲉ


  • 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

Wadi Sarga

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

Wadi Sarga Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs



The inscription was found at Wadi Sarga and is now housed in the British Museum in London.


Text and translation: Bell, H.I. and Crum, W.E., Wadi Sarga: Coptic and Greek Texts from the Excavations Undertaken by the Byzantine Research Account (Copenhagen: Gyldendalske Boghandel-Nordisk Forlag, 1922), 79–80.

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