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Artefact ID177
TM IDTM 85890
Findspot (DEChriM ID)12   (Ismant al-Ḫarāb)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

P.KellisCopt. I 39 (P. Kellis V 39)

Fragmentary personal letter from an unnamed son to an unamed mother in Coptic (L) about feeling neglected due to lack of mail from her to him, and discussing the necessity of him coming to that place

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

Archaeological context, dossier connecttion

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

House 3, room 8, deposit 3

Accession number

P.KellisCopt. I 39

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. 237-240 & pl. 31.

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 177", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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