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Artefact ID178
TM IDTM 85891
Findspot (DEChriM ID)12   (Ismant al-Ḫarāb)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

P.KellisCopt. I 40 [P.Kellis V 40]

Fragmentary personal letter from an unnamed son to an unnamed mother in Coptic (L), reporting on a visit by brother Petros and asking whether he needs to travel to the place of the recipient as well as fruits

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

Archaeological context, dossier connection (Gardner, Alcock & Funk 1999: 11).

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

House 3, room 9, desposit 3 east wall

Accession number

P.KellisCopt. I 40

Inv. Nr. P51D

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. 241-244 & pl. 32.

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 178", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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