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A.36. Christian invocation

Description: Painted wall plaster, painted with a tile design in tones of dull red.
Text: Roughly incised, a. above, b. lower down.
Letters: ave. 0.01.

Date: Sixth century A.D

Findspot: Apollonia: Central Church; found in 1958.
Original location: Unknown.
Last recorded location: Apollonia Museum.


[---] β̣ο(ήθει) Κύ(ριε) ὀρθῖ μ̣ε θ(εό)ς
[...] θ(εο)ῦ κυ(ρίου) ( vac. 3) ἀ̣[ν]υψοῖ το̣[---]


[···]ΘΥΚΥ      .[.]ΥΨΟΙΤ.[---]

English translation

Translation source: Reynolds-Ward-Perkins-Goodchild, 2003

(a). . . . ] Help, Lord, set me upright, God.

(b). . . . ] of the Lord God [ . 3 . ] may you raise up [ . . .


In addition to the two longer texts there are a number of isolated letters and a grid of roughly aligned crossing lines.

In b, the text was perhaps followed by 'your servant' and a name, but a quotation from Psalm 112, as in M.107, is also possible.

Bibliography: Reynolds, 1976, 45 and plate LXVII, whence SEG 27.1178; Reynolds-Ward-Perkins-Goodchild, 2003, 76.3, whence Dobias-Lalou, Bulletin Épigraphique, 2004.436.
Text constituted from: Transcription (Reynolds).


   Fig. 1. View of a (E.Alföldi-Rosenbaum: Reynolds IX.51)

   Fig. 2. View of a (E.Alföldi-Rosenbaum: Reynolds IX.59)

   Fig. 3. View of b (E.Alföldi-Rosenbaum: Reynolds IX.47)