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Artefact ID201
TM IDTM 85899
Findspot (DEChriM ID)12   (Ismant al-Ḫarāb)
Writing mediumTablet
Text contentDocumentary, Subliterary
LanguageGreek, Coptic

P.KellisCopt. I 48 (P.Kellis V)

Business account in Coptic (L) noting tasks concerning wool, amounts of money, and fruits, that originally covered both sides of the tablet. One side was later cleared and a Greek horoscope was written on that side (dated 373, see de Jong & Worp 1995).

Selection criteria-
Date from355
Date to360
Dating criteria

Archaeological context, possible connection of Coptic text to Makarios dossier.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

House 3, room 6, deposit 3 (2 fragments) + room 1a, deposit 1 (1 fragment).

Accession number

P.KellisCopt. I 48

Inv. Nr. A/5/198 + A/5/263

EAO Nr. 1877 + 2118

Current location unknown, but, due to registration number, probably 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. 266-271 & pl. 40 (Coptic account).

• de Jong, Teije and Klaas A. Worp. 1995. "A Greek Horoscope from 373 A.D." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 106: 235–240 & Taf. XI.

Additional Bibliography

Coptic text

• 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).

Greek text

• Heilen, Stephan. 2004. "Astronomical Remarks on the New Horoscopes from Kellis." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 146: 131–133.

Matthias Müller, 2021
Suggested citation
Matthias Müller, 2021, "Artefact ID 201", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,