Deir el-Muqalik - THEOCTISTUS

Church/Monastery name: 
Deir el-Muqalik - THEOCTISTUS
Inscription number: 
Selected bibliography: 
274, 81*, no. 2, fig. 4 (dr.) (ed. pr.) (in Hebrew)
Abbreviation for Journals and Series
Epigraphical corpora: 

SEG 37 (1987): 1503

CIIP IV.1 (2018): 3713 (dr.)

Inscription type: 

On a natural rock wall at the eastern end of the mosaic pavement, below and a little to the left of the large cross of Inscription no. 19.

Physical description : 

The script is formal lapidary. Letters are 2.5-3.5 cm high. In the first line, between the B and O of the second word, there is an unclear portion. The O is partly visible, and the H was probably hanging above the line. The last letter of this line is partly effaced. The inscription was very carefully made with a sharp chisel, and attention was given in keeping all letters in line and of the same hight.


☩ Χρ(ιστὲ), βοήθ(ε)ι το͂ν δοῦλόν σου

Ἰωάννου κ(αὶ) Παρθενόπη(ς).


O Christ, help thy servant John and Parthenopa.


The grammatical mistakes, i.e. accusative instead of dative which in turn changes to genetive, are common in inscriptions from the Byzantine era.


Invocation of Christ on behalf of John and Parthenopa – grafitto on a rock wall in the cistern near the monastery.

Titles/epithets of patrons/dedicators: 
servant of God
Personal names: 
Iohannes, Parthenopa
Epigraphical formulae: 
Lord/Christ, help...