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Artefact ID113
TM IDTM 85876
Findspot (DEChriM ID)12   (Ismant al-Ḫarāb)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

P.KellisCopt. I 25 [P.Kellis V 25]

Personal letter wfrom Matthaios to his mother Maria starting with a prayer for her health, mentions that he sent some medicine for her with the letter given to two spritual fathers, goes on to narrate that his teacher left him in Antinoou where he still is and that the community mourns the loss of a venerated spiritual mother, expresses his updiscontent to have to ask again for the name of a child and ends with greeting many people, 75 lines in Coptic (L) incl. Greek formulae on both sides and Greek address on verso, some loss

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Date from350
Date to360
Dating criteria

Archaeological context, dossier connection

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

House 3, room 6, deposit 3

Accession number

P.KellisCopt. I 25

Inv.-Nr. P70

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. 187-193 & pl. 17 (and page opposite).

Additional bibliography

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

• Choat, Malcolm. 2017. "Monastic Letters on Papyrus from Late Antique Egypt." In Writing and Communication in Early Egyptian Monasticism, edited by Malcolm Choat & Mariachiara Giorda, 17-72. Leiden & Boston: Brill.

• Shisha-Halevy, Ariel. 2002. "An Emerging New Dialect of Coptic."  Orientalia NS 71: 304-305 (grammatical observations).

Matthias Müller, 2020
Suggested citation
Matthias Müller, 2020, "Artefact ID 113", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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