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|Findspot (DEChriM ID)||50 (Qaṣr Qārūn)||Class||Textual|
P.Abinn. 16; P.Gen. I 62; ChLA I 6; CEL I 228: Official letter to Abinnaeus.
Sabikas, praepositus of a vexillation, presumably that stationed at Arsinoe, prays "to the Lord" (εὔχομαι τῷ κυρίῳ) for Abinnaeus' good health and informs him that two craftsmen have been sent to him to cut timber on behalf of the vexillation, and requests support for them. He adds a note about a receipt for nitron and capers which he asks to be sent to him.
On the question whether Abinnaeus, commander of the cavalry (praefectus alae) in Dionysias, 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: body of the letter written along the fibres, in a cursive hand, in Greek; Sabikas's signature is in Latin. Verso: blank.
|Selection criteria||Christian terms/formulas/concepts|
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).
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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.
Geneva, Bibliothèque P.Gen. inv. 27