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Artefact ID176
TM IDTM 85889
Findspot (DEChriM ID)12   (Ismant al-Ḫarāb)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary
LanguageGreek, Coptic

P.KellisCopt. I 38 [P.Kellis V 38]

Fragmentary personal letter (or better brief note) from a son to his mother in Coptic (L) with a message for his father Ormaouo though on personal matters and fruits

Selection criteriaMention of Christian individuals/communities, Coptic language
Date from370
Date to379
Dating criteria

Archaeology, internal chronology (Gardner et al. 1999: 11)

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

House 3, room 8, deposit 3

Accession number

P.KellisCopt. I 38

Inv. Nr. P65Mi

current location unknown, probably excavation or SCA storage


Editio princeps

• Gardner, Iain, Alcock, Anthony & Funk, Wolf-Peter. 1999. Coptic Documentary Texts from Kellis I P. Kell. V (P. Kell. Copt. 10–52; O. Kell. Copt. 1–2), Dakhleh Oasis Project: Monograph 9. Oxford: Oxbow Books. 235-237 & pl. 30.

Additional Bibliography

• Choat, Malcolm. 2006. Belief and Cult in Fourth-Century Papyri, Studia Antiqua Australiensia 1. Turnhout: Brepols.

• Choat, Malcolm. 2017. "Monastic Letters on Papyrus from Late Antique Egypt." In Writing and Communication in Early Egyptian Monasticism, edited by Malcolm & Giorda Choat, Mariachiara, 17-72. Leiden & Boston: Brill.

• Shisha-Halevy, Ariel. 2002. "An Emerging New Dialect of Coptic."  Orientalia NS 71: 306 (grammatical observations).

Matthias Müller, 2021
Suggested citation
Matthias Müller, 2021, "Artefact ID 176", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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