of Terentius Priscus Eucheta
A certain Terentius Priscus Eucheta, who had been initiated and cured, thanks the invincible god Navarze [Nabarze] for granting his wish. Note that this text gives b(oti) for v(oti) and Navarze for Nabarze, which probably indicates that we are dealing with a Greek speaker. The theonym appears to be indecipherable in both Greek and Latin.
The senatorial historian, Dio Cassius, says that, 'there is a story that a certain Arnouphis, an Egyptian magician, had invoked various demons by spells (παγγανεῖαι), notably Hermes of the Air,' and a similar account is found in the Suda. Arnouphis himself appears in an inscription from Aquileia that reads thus:
'Arnouphis the Egyptian sacred scribe and Terentius Priscus, to the goddess present here'—no doubt Isis. Fifty years ago, J. Guey presented a full account of Arnouphis, identifying 'Hermes of the Air' as the Egyptian god Thoth-Shou, perhaps powerful enough to counter the plague at Aquileia in 168-169, when the physician Galen (like Arnouphis?) visited the city.
This inscription, which doesn't mention Mithras, was found near the church of Santa Balbina on the Aventine in Rome.
- Bricault; Roy (2021) Les cultes de Mithra dans l'Empire Romain
- Lloyd G. Patterson (2009) God in Early Christian Thought