The Curious Case of Kom Aushim Inv. no. 45: The Rediscovery of a Fragment from a Lost Inscription?


Kom Aushim, Lost inscription, Religion


On a recent trip to Egypt in March 2013 I was shown two Greek inscriptions by the curator of the storage magazine at Kom Aushim (Karanis), Mostafa F. Hemieda. These two inscriptions have been housed in storage at the magazine since 1999 when they were seized by Egyptian police off the antiquities market in Fayum City(Arsinoe). The catalogue records for these two inscriptions are very sparse and only indicate the date of seizure, the location where they were confiscated, and render only the barest details about the physical description of the fragments. Despite the number of unknowns regarding these two inscriptions, as a result of the circumstances in which they were acquired, the provenance of one of the inscriptions can be established with some certainty owing to some very specific parallels it shares with a previously published inscription. In fact, the parallels are so unique that it may well be a broken portion of this previously published inscription that has not been seen for over a century.

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“The Curious Case of Kom Aushim Inv. no. 45: The Rediscovery of a Fragment from a Lost Inscription?” Tyche, Beiträge zur Alten Geschichte, Papyrologie und Epigraphik 28 (2013): 21–26 (with contributions by Mostafa F. Hemieda).

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Religious Education


Ancient Scripture

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Associate Professor