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Artefact ID108
TM IDTM 85871
Findspot (DEChriM ID)12   (Ismant al-Ḫarāb)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary
LanguageGreek, Coptic
Archive/DossierArchive, Dossier

P.KellisCopt. I 20 [P.Kellis V 20]

Personal letter from Makarios to Maria in Coptic (L) admonishing the recipient for not communicating back to him, mention of a person who travels with the Great Teacher to learn Latin, things asked for (cushion and book) have not been sent, passes greetings to plenty of other people; 58 lines on recto with Greek address on verso, loss in lower part

Selection criteriaCoptic language
Date from350
Date to360
Dating criteria

Archaeological context, dossier connection (Makarios family letters)

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

House 3, room 6, deposit 4 south-east corner

Accession number

P.KellisCopt. I 20

Inv.-Nr. P85G

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. 166-172 & pl. 13.

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: 303-304 (grammatical observations).

Matthias Müller, 2020
Suggested citation
Matthias Müller, 2020, "Artefact ID 108", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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