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Artefact ID155
TM IDTM 32948
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

SB XIV 11882: Fragmentary letter with a request for assistance.

A certain Dorotheos writes to his "lord and in all respects truly most beloved brother John". Although he is evidently in deep trouble and hopes that John will extricate him, the details (mention of a sum of twenty solidi) remain unclear. 

Recto: text written along the fibres; verso: address (along the fibres) of which Choat corrects the reading and suggests that the same address as on the recto should probably be restored on the verso: "If this is the case, a considerable amount of the text on the front has been lost, perhaps half the height" (Choat 2017: 42, n. 142).

Selection criteriaMention of Christian individuals/communities, Christian terms/formulas/concepts, Christian onomastics
Date from350
Date to499
Dating criteria

Palaeography. The connection with the archive of Apa John (ca. 375-399) is unlikely (see Gonis 2008: 69).

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Acquired by Nahman - British Museum in June 1922.

Choat notes that "the papyrus was purchased more than 20 years after the core of the archive [of Apa John], in 1922, according to the University of Michigan Inventory of Papyri, I, p. 77" (Choat 2017: 42, n. 142).

Accession number

Ann Arbor, Michigan University, Library P. 1040


Editio princeps

• Janssens, Marc. 1977. “Two Christian Private Letters from the Michigan Collection.” Chronique d'Égypte 52, 112-119; no. 2, 116-119.   

Additional bibliography

• Choat, Malcolm and Maria Chiara Giorda. 2017. Writing and Communication in Early Monasticism. Texts and Studies in Eastern Christianity 9. Leiden, Boston, 242.

• Gonis, Nikolaos. 2008. “Further Letters from the Archive of Apa Ioannes.” Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 45, 69–85.

Valérie Schram, 2021
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, 2021, "Artefact ID 155", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,