Tuesday 4 August 2015

A monk and a deacon were walking along... for the first time... and came to the rescue

A petition by Aurelius Isidorus (of archive fame) contains the earliest recorded reference to a monk (to be added to LSJ s.v. μοναχός II) in Egypt (6 June 324 AD).

Consider, especially, lines 7-12:
καὶ κ̣α̣τ̣α̣λαβο|μένου μου τὴν βοῦν καὶ ἀνάγοντος αὐτὴν | ἐπὶ τῆς κώμης ἀπαντήσαντές μοι κατὰ τοὺ̣ς̣ | ἀγροὺς μεγα ῥοπάλῳ καὶ χαμαιρ̣ι̣φ̣ῆ̣ ἐ̣μὲ ποι|ησάμενοι πληγαῖς κατέκοψαν καὶ τὴν βοῦν̣ ἀφείλαντο,

The monk had the (Biblical) name Isaac, while the deacon was named Antoninus.

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