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Artefact ID140
TM IDTM 23804
Findspot (DEChriM ID)21   (Qaṣr al-Miqīṣba)
Writing mediumOstracon
Text contentDocumentary

O.Bahria 6; SB XX 14889: Payment order.

Payment order in form of a letter sent by Herakleides to the monk (monachos) Plolos. The latter is instructed to provide the soldier Euphrantios with one wheat artaba.

Selection criteriaMention of Christian cult officials/institutions
Date from374
Date to375
Dating criteria

The text mentions year 51, that is, according to the Oxyrhynchite era, the year 374/375 (see Wagner 1987: 87).

Absolute/relative dateAbsolute date
Archaeological context

This ostracon is part of a lot uncovered by A. Fakhry during the excavation of the brick buildings around the temple of Alexander the Great (Fakhry 1950: 47 and pl. XXIXb, and Wagner 1987: 86).

Accession number

Cairo, Egyptian Museum, JdE IX 25/7/48/6


Editio princeps

Wagner, Guy. 1987. Les oasis d'Égypte à l'époque grecque, romaine et byzantine d'après les documents grecs : recherches de papyrologie et d'épigraphie grecques. Bibliothèque d'étude 100. Cairo: Ifao, 90 and pl. XXXVII.

Additional bibliography

Fakhry, Ahmed. 1950. The Egyptian Deserts: Baḥria Oasis. Vol. 2. Cairo: Government Press.

Valérie Schram, 2021
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, 2021, "Artefact ID 140", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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