SELECTIONS FROM EARLY CHRISTIAN WRITERS: ILLUSTRATIVE OF CHURCH HISTORY TO THE TIME OF CONSTANTINE by Henry Melvill Gwatkin, M.A. First Edition, Macmillan & Co., Ltd., 1893. Reprinted with additions and corrections, 1897, 1902, 1905. Prepared for katapi by Paul Ingram, 2013.
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LIVa. CERTIFICATE OF SACRIFICE


A Libellus of the Decian Persecution


Τοῖς ἐπὶ τῶν θυσιῶν τῶη ᾑρη
μένοις κώ(μης) Ἀλεξ(άνδρου) Νήσου
παρὰ Αὐρηλ(ίου) Ἀιογένου(ς) Σaτa
βοῦτος ἀπὸ κώ(μης) Ἀλεξανδ(ρου)
Νήσου ὡς Lοβ οὐλ(ὴ)
ὀφρΰι δεξ(ιᾷ) καὶ ἀεὶ
θύων τοῖς θεοῖς διετέ
λεσα καὶ νῦν ἐπὶ πα
ροῦσιν ὑμεῖν κατὰ
τὰ προστετα[γμέ]
να ἔθυσα καὶ ἔ[πιον] or ἔ[σπεισα]
[κά]ι τῶν ἱ[ε]ρείων [ἐγευ]
σάμην καὶ ἀξιῶ [ὑμᾶς]
ὑποσημιώσασθαι
Διευτυχεῖται

Αὐρήλ(ιος) [Δι]ογένης ἐπίδ[έδωκα]
Αὐρήλ(ιος) σ ... ρ ...
θύοντα Μυσ ...
... νωνος σεσ[ημείωμαι ?]

[Lά] Αὐτοκράτορο[ς] Καί[σαρος]
[Γα]ίου Μεσσίου Κ[ο]ίν[του]
[Τρ]αι[ανοῦ Δε]κίου Εὐσ[εβοῦς]
[Ε]ὐτ[υχοῦς] Σε[β]α[σ]τοῦ
Ἐπ[ειφ]β ...

To the officers in charge of the sacrifices of the village of Alexander's Isle, from Aurelius Diogenes, the son of Satabus, of the village of Alexander's Isle, aged about 72, with a scar on his right eyebrow. I have always sacrificed to the gods; and now in your presence, according to the commands, I have sacrificed and made a libation and tasted of the victims; and I desire you to subscribe.
Farewell.

I, Aurelius Diogenes, have delivered this ...
I, Mys[ ... the son of ... ]non, [saw him] sacrificing, and have subscribed

In the first year of Imperator Caesar Caius Messius Quintus Trajanus Decius Pius Felix Augustus, on Epiphi 2 (= June 26, 250).


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