Deir el-Muqalik - THEOCTISTUS

Church/Monastery name: 
Deir el-Muqalik - THEOCTISTUS
Inscription number: 
Epigraphical corpora: 

SEG 45 (1995): 1966

CIIP IV.1 (2018): 3170 (dr.)

Inscription type: 

Painted on the western face (locus RW 3) of the apsis of the cave-church, "a foot or so above the old level of the top of the screen" (Chitty).

Physical description : 

The fresco has "fragments of two hands, the left hand covering the body horizontally, the right hand raised upright ... their chief interest may perhaps be in the fragment of inscription attached to them in white on blue below" (Chitty). White paint on a dark background.


[--]ΙΣ[--]Α[.]ΥΣΑ[-- ἐξ]ανέστησας φύσιν [--]

[--]++[--]ΩΣ βρέφος εἰς ἀγκάλ[ας --]



… you did raise up (our?) nature … child unto the arms … (CIIP)


Chitty saw only the first two lines, but he saw some more letters to the right-hand side of the inscription than is shown in Goldfus–Arubas–Alliata’s drawing. "This fresco might be early, but it is too fragmentary for us to be very certain. Superimposed upon it are some of Teofan’s inscriptions" (Chitty). Goldfus–Arubas–Alliata point to the accentuation marks on some letters as a sign for a late date.


Remains of a fresco with painted inscription, on the western face of the apsis of the cave-church.