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Artefact ID167
TM IDTM 32812
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

SB X 10522: fragmentary letter from a monk.

The first part of the letter is lost so that we don't know the identity of the recipient but the address on the back of the letter indicates that the letter was written by a certain Andreas, probably a monk. He mentions the "very virtuous and distinguished brother Biktor" and thanks the addressee for having recommended "the little one" so that he could go to Alexandria to study, and asks for more support. The final greetings are addressed to "your holiness" and to "our most pious father Apa Iohannes", also from "everyone in your holy monastery".

Text written across the fibres on the recto (transversa charta). Final staurogram. Address on the verso.

Selection criteriaMention of Christian cult officials/institutions, Mention of Christian individuals/communities, Christian terms/formulas/concepts, Christian symbols/gestures/isopsephy
Date from375
Date to499
Dating criteria

Dated to 4th – 6th c. (?) in ed. pr. Format, use of staurogram and palaeography point to 5th c., possibly end of 4th c.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Part of a lot bought in Cairo in 1909-1910, of which all seem to come from Antinoe (Remondon 1947: 3).

Accession number

Paris, Sorbonne, Institut de Papyrologie, inv. Sorb. 2308 (EPHE, fonds Weill, série I, grec n° 5 (=W n° 16) + grec n° 3 (=W n° 13).


Editio princeps

Boyaval, Bernard. 1965. "Quatre papyrus byzantins de la Sorbonne." BIFAO 65, 45-55 [avec 3 planches]; 45-47, no. 5: "Lettre privée byzantine".

Additional bibliography

• Rémondon, Roger. 1947. Étude de papyrus et de textes de la collection Raymond Weill. Mémoire de DES, Université de Paris (unpublished).

Valérie Schram, 2021
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, 2021, "Artefact ID 167", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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