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Artefact ID123
TM IDTM 85886
Findspot (DEChriM ID)12   (Ismant al-Ḫarāb)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

P.KellisCopt. I 35 [P.Kellis V 35]

Personal letter from Ouales to his master Psais beginning with a magical spell that starts in Greek and changes to Coptic, separated by space and "it is complete" from the letter, in which he begs some tetrads to be written for him and send as quickly as possible in Coptic (L) with Greek address and partly spell formula; text on both sides (transversa charta)

Selection criteria-
Date from365
Date to375
Dating criteria

Archaeological context, Manichean context, dossier conection (Ouales letters, i.e., this one and P.KellisCopt. I 36)

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

House 3, room 6 deposit 3 + deposit 4 north-west corner, east wall + deposit 5 west wall

Accession number

P.KellisCopt. I 35

Inv. Nr. P88+P77B+P79+P92.49

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, 224–28 & pl. 27.

Additional bibliography

• Choat, Malcolm. 2006. Belief and Cult in Fourth-Century Papyri, Studia Antiqua Australiensia 1. Turnhout: Brepols, 182.

• Shisha-Halevy, Ariel. 2002. "An Emerging New Dialect of Coptic." Orientalia NS 71: 305-306. (Grammatical observations).

• Mirecki, Paul, Gardner, Iain, & Alcock, Anthony. 1997. "Magical Spell, Manichean Letter." In Emerging from Darkness: Studies in the Recovery of Manichean Sources, edited by Paul Mirecki & Jason Beduhn, 1–32. Leiden: Brill.

Matthias Müller, 2021
Suggested citation
Matthias Müller, 2021, "Artefact ID 123", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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