Madaba Mosaic Map L:1

photo of 4-line caption

The above four lines were written probably by the painter/explore. The following is an attempt at a partial translation.

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The .. .. ancient .. .. city .. .. of .. .. the .. .. Moavites .. .. Madaba, .. .. which greatly .. .. flourished .. .. by (through) .. .. the .. .. sea-going .. .. Arabs of .. .. the .. .. rock. .. .. continued .. .. through .. .. the .. .. Macedonian-Roman period (years, times) .. .. and .. .. afterwards .. .. during .. .. Byzantine (times), the city which for .. .. many .. .. centuries .. .. remained .. .. uninhabited .. .. newly (later), however, .. .. inhabited .. .. by .. .. Christian .. .. populations.

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It .. .. was .. .. reserved .. .. for .. .. us .. .. that .. .. it (the city) .. .. should .. .. surprise (amaze) us with .. .. its .. .. marvelous .. .. mosaics .. .. of its .. .. beautiful .. .. and splendid .. .. houses (buildings) .. .. of .. .. its .. .. seven .. .. great basilicas, .. .. with (through) .. .. its .. .. inscriptions .. .. of (many) .. .. seafarers, with (through) .. .. the .. .. infinite .. .. number .. .. of .. .. mosaic .. .. inscriptions from Byzantine .. .. times, .. .. and .. .. especially with (through) the renowned geographical map.

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(Made with mosaic) .. .. of .. .. Syria, .. .. Palestine, and .. .. Egypt .. .. which (map) was .. .. discovered .. .. on .. .. the location .. .. of the great .. .. ancient basilica, .. .. on the .. .. ruins .. .. of .. .. which .. .. the words of .. .. ancient .. .. languages .. .. (rather of the language of the Moavites) (written) .. .. by his hand, .. .. it appeared .. .. on .. .. the 12th of the month of .. .. December

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of the year .. .. 1896, and, .. .. speaking .. .. accurately, .. .. the size .. .. of the map that .. .. I found .. .. having .. .. the length .. .. of 30 meters .. .. and the .. .. width .. .. of .. .. 20. .. .. After .. .. the .. .. taking .. .. away .. .. of (some inscriptions) from .. .. the .. .. map's face (surface), .. .. one .. .. may claim .. .. that the map was made .. .. sometime .. .. between 350 and 450 A.D.. 450 . M.C.


I would appreciate any further information or completion of the English translations of the Greek text.



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