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Artefact ID17
TM IDTM 219236
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentSubliterary, Uncertain

P.Monts.Roca IV 58

Parchment fragment (13 x 14.6 cm) containing an unknown Christian text, perhaps pertaining to the ordination of a priest; see ed. pr.

The fragment is a palimpsest: the original text, as well as a possible second text, have been effectively removed before the copying of the extant, Christian text. Small punctures in the lower margin indicate that the final text (and possibly the previous text as well; see ed. pr.) was written transversa charta on a folio intended for a manuscript.

The fragment preserves 12 lines of text on the flesh-side, while the hair-side remains blank. The script is a semi-cursive hand, sloping to the right, and it is written in brown ink. Line-end abbreviations occur as well as a ligatured καί (l. 8), and the text contains one nomen sacrum (θεῷ in l. 2).

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Theological), Subliterary genre (Liturgical), Nomina sacra
Date from300
Date to499
Dating criteria

Palaeography. The semi-cursive hand is placed in the 4/5 c. by the ed. pr.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context


Accession number

Montserrat, Abadia Roca, inv. 775.


Editio princeps:

• Torallas Tovar, Sofia, and Klaas A. Worp, eds. 2014. Greek Papyri from Montserrat (P.Monts.Roca IV), edited by Sofia Torallas Tovar and Klaas A. Worp.  Scripta orientalia, 1. Barcelona. 162-163, no. 58.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 17", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,