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Artefact ID181
TM IDTM 85894
Findspot (DEChriM ID)12   (Ismant al-Ḫarāb)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary
LanguageGreek, Coptic

P.KellisCopt. I 43 (P.Kellis V)

Fragmentary personal letter from a lady Tehat to her son Psenpais in Coptic (L) with a long Greek postscript dealing with pack animals and asking to send commodities, furthermore to take care of some orphans; the postcript deals with some flask of oil sent that needs to be returned

Selection criteria-
Date from355
Date to355
Dating criteria

Archaeological context, dossier connection (dated to 355 by ed.)

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

House 3, room 8, deposit 3

Accession number

P.KellisCopt. I 43

Inv. Nr. P61DD

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. 248-253 & pl. 35.

Additional Bibliography

• Bagnall, Roger, and Raffaella Cribiore. 2006. Women’s Letters from Ancient Egypt, 300 BC–AD 800. Ann Arbor/MI: University of Michigan Press, 220-221.

• 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 Choat & Mariachiara Giorda, 17–72. Leiden & Boston: Brill.

• Shisha-Halevy, Ariel. 2002. "An Emerging New Dialect of Coptic."  Orientalia NS 71: 307 (grammatical observations).

Matthias Müller, 2021
Suggested citation
Matthias Müller, 2021, "Artefact ID 181", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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