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Artefact ID14
TM IDTM 33118
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

SB VI 9605: private letter.

First lines with names of sender and recipients lost; after Christian greetings ("Night and day I pray to the highest God and to the divine Providence of our Lord Jesus Christ for your health"), the sender warns his recipients that he has not been able to send his brother Kopreas to them because he was ill.

Metzger (1961: 27) suggested that this letter belonged to the correspondence of Abinnaeus, commander of the cavalry stationed in a fortress in Dionysias, in the Arsinoites. But according to Naldini (1968: 231) and more recently to Gallazzi (2015: 172-173, n. 5), there are no conclusive clues justifying the attribution of this letter to the dossier.

Recto: text written along the fibres. Verso blank.

Selection criteriaChristian terms/formulas/concepts
Date from300
Date to350
Dating criteria


Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Accession number

Vienna, Nationalbibliothek G 39838


Editio princeps
• Metzger, Hubert. 1961. "Spätantik-byzantinische Papyri aus der Sammlung Erzherzog Rainer in Wien." Museum Helveticum 18: 24-27.

Additional bibliography
• Choat, Malcolm. 2006. Belief and Cult in Fourth-Century Papyri. Studia Antiqua Australiensia 1. Turnhout: Brepols, 107, 158.
• Gallazi, Claudio. 2015. “Dove è stato ritrovato l’archivio di Abinneo?” Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete 61: 170-179.
• Naldini, Mario. 1968. Il Cristianesimo in Egitto. Lettere private nei papiri dei secoli II-IV. Studi e Testi di Papirologia 3. Florence: Le Monnier, n°53.
• Macquarie University. 2005. “Papyri from the Rise of Christianity in Egypt. Conspectus of texts”. Draft Conspectus, n°104.
• Sijpesteijn, Pieter Johannes. 1978. “Weitere Addenda et Corrigenda zu Wiener Texten.” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 30: 230.

Valérie Schram, 2021
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, 2021, "Artefact ID 14", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,