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“A libellus (certificate) from the time of persecution under the emperor Decius”
Certifying that a Christian had made sacrifice to the Roman gods. The original Greek language text, with an English translation.
Click here to read at earlychurchtexts.com in the original Greek (with dictionary lookup links). The English translation below is from Gwatkin, Selections From Early Christian Writers, page 144-5.
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Geoffrey de Ste Croix
G. W. Bowersock
Robin Lane Fox
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.
Caius Messius Quintus
Pius Felix Augustus,
on Epiphi 2 (= June 26, 250).
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