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Artefact ID209
TM IDTM 16851
Findspot (DEChriM ID)55   (Qarāra)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

P.Lond. VI 1913: Deed of appointment of a deputy in the monastery of Hathor.

Agreement between Aurelius Pageus (or Paieous), head of the Melitian community of the monastery of Hathor (2-3: μονῆς μονοχῶν̣ (l. μοναχῶν) | [καλ]ουμ̣έ̣νης Ἅθορ οὔ̣σ̣ης ἐν τῷ ἀπηλιωτικῷ ὄρι (l. ὄρει) τοῦ ἄνω Κυνοπολείτου), and the priors of the same monastery, to appoint Pageus' brother Aurelius Gerontius as a deputy in place of him, as he had been summoned by Constantine to attend the Synod of Caesarea. The duties of the deputy include supervision, administration and control of all affairs of the monastery.

Subscriptions in different hands (from line 18 to the end) show that this is the authentic deed rather than a copy.

Selection criteriaMention of Christian cult officials/institutions
Date from334
Date to334
Dating criteria

Contract dated to March 19, 334 (Optatus and Anicius Paulinus cos, Phamenoth 23; day uncertain)

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Purchased with a lot comprising Papyri 2544-2551 from Maurice Nahman (b. 1868, d. 1948) in September 1923.

Accession number

London, British Library, Pap 2543


Editio princeps:

· Bell, Harold I. 1924. Jews and Christians in Egypt. The Jewish Troubles in Alexandria and the Athanasian Controversy. London: British Museum, 45-53, no. 1913.

Additional bibliography:

· Choat, Malcolm and Maria Chiara Giorda. 2017. Writing and Communication in Early Monasticism. Texts and Studies in Eastern Christianity 9. Leiden-Boston, 25-29.

· Choat, Malcolm. 2006. Belief and Cult in Fourth-Century Papyri. Studia Antiqua Australiensia 1. Turnhout: Brepols, 48.

· Hauben, Hans. 2002. "Aurêlios Pageus, alias Apa Paiêous, et le monastère mélitien d'Hathor", Ancient Society 32, 337-352.

Valérie Schram, 2021
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, 2021, "Artefact ID 209", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,