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Artefact ID107
TM IDTM 85870
Findspot (DEChriM ID)12   (Ismant al-Ḫarāb)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary
LanguageGreek, Coptic
Archive/DossierArchive, Dossier

P.KellisCopt. I 19 [P.Kellis V 19]

Personal letter from Makarios to Matheos in Coptic (L) encouraging the addressee to pursue his path of righteousness further as well as his studies (Study your psalms, whether Greek or Coptic every day…) and mentions further books to be read by him (Judgement of Peter, Apostolos, Great Prayers, Greek Psalms, Prostrations) and to write daily to train his skills, goes on to mention garments, turns then to other adressees, talking buisness, mentions a deacon who left and with whom he had strife daily, ends with greetings for several different persons, asks to be brought the great Book of Epistles or a smaller one containing the Prayer-Book and the Judgement of Peter; 89 lines on both sides with Greek address on verso, some loss in lower right

Selection criteriaMention of Christian cult officials/institutions, Biblical quote or paraphrase, Coptic language
Date from350
Date to360
Dating criteria

Archaeological context, dossier connection (Makarios family group)

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

House 3, room 6, deposit 4 east wall

Accession number

P.KellisCopt. I 19

Inv.-Nr. P84+P93C+P78G

current location unknown, probably excavation or SCA store rooms


Editio princeps

• Gardner, Iain, Anthony Alcock, and Wolf-Peter Funk. 1999. Coptic Documentary Texts from Kellis I P. Kell. V (P. Kell. Copt. 10–52; O. Kell. Copt. 1–2), Dakhleh Oasis Project: Monograph 9. Oxford: Oxbow Books. 156-165 & pl. 12 (plus opposite page unnumbered).

Additional bibliography

• Choat, Malcolm. 2006. Belief and Cult in Fourth-Century Papyri, Studia Antiqua Australiensia 1. Turnhout: Brepols.

• Shisha-Halevy, Ariel. 2002. "An Emerging New Dialect of Coptic."  Orientalia NS 71: 303 (grammatical observations).

Matthias Müller, 2020
Suggested citation
Matthias Müller, 2020, "Artefact ID 107", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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