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Artefact ID114
TM IDTM 85877
Findspot (DEChriM ID)12   (Ismant al-Ḫarāb)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

P.KellisCopt. I 26 [P.Kellis V 26]

Fragmentary personal letter from Matthaios in Hermopolis to his mother Maria in Kellis confirming the reception and sale of some comodity from a third person, mention of a sticharion sold for 5000 talents and a blanket, complaints about lack of letters even though books had been sent to her via other people; with 85 lines in Coptic (L) incl. Greek formulae on both sides and Greek address on verso

Selection criteriaMention of Christian individuals/communities, Coptic 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 3

Accession number

P.KellisCopt. I 26

Inv.-Nr. P67

current location unknown, probably excavation or SCA store rooms


Editio princeps

• Gardner, Iain, Alcock, Anthony & Funk, Wolf-Peter. 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, 194–98 & pl. 18 (and page opposite).

Additional Bibliography

• Choat, Malcolm. 2006. Belief and Cult in Fourth-Century Papyri, Studia Antiqua Australiensia 1. Turnhout: Brepols, 181.

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

Matthias Müller, 2020
Suggested citation
Matthias Müller, 2020, "Artefact ID 114", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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