|TM ID||TM 14440|
|Findspot (DEChriM ID)||50 (Qaṣr Qārūn)||Class||Textual|
SB XIV 11380: Petition to Flavius Abinnaeus
A petition to Flavius Abinnaeus, commander of the cavalry at Dionysias, from someone whose name is partially lost, from the village of Hermopolis (Arsinoites) concerning the looting of his house. He presents as a witness the priest of the village (τὸν πρεσβύτερον τῆς κώμης).
On the question of whether Abinnaeus was a Christian and for his relationship with monks and clergy, see Bell et al. 1962: 32-33, Barnes 1985: 373-374, Choat 2006: passim, Luijendijk 2008: 35, n. 42, Kaiser 2015: 383, Choat 2017: 47.
Recto: text runs along the fibres; end is lost. Verso: blank.
|Selection criteria||Mention of Christian cult officials/institutions|
According to Gallazzi (2015: 177-178), all of the dated texts of Abinnaeus archive are dated between 343 and 351 AD, that is, in the period in which Abinnaeus exercised his functions of praepositus of the castra (342-351).
This is one among similar petitions from the same archive which are dated to 346 (Remondon 1974: 34).
|Absolute/relative date||Absolute date|
Purchased by Wilhelm Ludwig Schubart in Mellawi in 1912 (BerlPap website).
While it was previously thought that Fl. Abinnaeus' archive was found in Philadelpheia where he went to live after his retirement, Gallazzi 2015 argued that Fl. Abinnaeus should have left his papers in his office (or in his lodgings), in Dionysias, when he left the army and handed over the command of the castra to others. The material would have been recovered in Qaṣr Qārūn, at the end of the nineteenth century, by antiquities seekers or sebâkh quarrymen and given to merchants of Medînet el-Fayûm, where they would have been intermingled with the documents recovered at Kharabet el-Gerza (Philadelphia), before reaching European collections
Berlin, SMPK Egyptian Museum, P.Berol.inv. 11624