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Artefact ID219
TM IDTM 16854
Findspot (DEChriM ID)55   (Qarāra)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

P.Lond. VI 1916: Request for help in the Melitian community.

A joint letter from Herieous and Moses addressed to the priest Paieous and the Melitian community. The subject is the same as that of P.Lond. VI 1915 concerning a fellow member of the community, Pamonthes, who had to borrow a large sum of money which he was unable to pay back and had his children carried off by the creditors. Herieous and Moses are asking for help in collecting money.


Recto is written across fibres (transversa charta), with a first postscript in the left margin, written from top to bottom (along fibres). On the verso, also across fibres, there is a second postscript, from Herieous to Paieous.

Same style and hand as P.Lond. VI 1915.

Selection criteriaMention of Christian cult officials/institutions, Christian terms/formulas/concepts, Christian onomastics, Nomina sacra
Date from330
Date to340
Dating criteria

Range of the Apa Paieous archive.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Purchased with a lot comprising Papyri 2543-2551 from Maurice Nahman (b. 1868, d. 1948) in September 1923 (British Library website).

Accession number

London, British Library, Pap 2545


Editio princeps
• Bell, Harold I. 1924. Jews and Christians in Egypt. The Jewish Troubles in Alexandria and the Athanasian Controversy. London: British Museum, 76-80, no. 1916.

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, 89, 98
• Hauben, Hans. 2002. "Aurêlios Pageus, alias Apa Paiêous, et le monastère mélitien d'Hathor." Ancient Society 32, 337-352.
• Tibiletti, Giuseppe. 1979. Le lettere private nei papiri greci del III e IV secolo d.C.: tra paganesimo e cristianesimo. Milano: Vita e Pensiero, 174-176, no. 23. 

Valérie Schram, 2021
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, 2021, "Artefact ID 219", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,