|TM ID||TM 61463|
|Findspot (DEChriM ID)||28 (al-Bahnasā)||Class||Textual|
P.Oxy. XIII 1600
Two fragments containing a homily by Melito of Sardes, On Easter (De Pascha) 57-63.
The text was originally thought to be an oratory piece, "Πρὸς Ἰουδαίους" by Hippolytus (see ed. pr.), but has since been identified as Melito's Peri Pascha; see Bonner 1936a: 108-116.
Melito's works are listed by Eusebius in Hist. eccl. 5.24.5, yet only a few texts have survived. The Easter sermon is quite interesting, considering that Melito was said to have been a Quartodeciman, one who celebrated Easter on the same day as Passover; see Blumell / Wayment 2015: 362.
The largest of the fragments measures 17.3 x 8.7 cm with 17 lines on the recto and 28 lines on the verso. The smaller fragment contains the remnants of 2 lines. The text contains diaereses, diastole and nomina sacra.
|Selection criteria||Nomina sacra|
Palaeography and archaeological context: Dated to the 5th c. by the ed. pr., but rather to the end of the 4th c. by Cavallo 1966: 67.
|Absolute/relative date||Relative date|
The fragments were found in al-Bahnasā (Oxyrhynchos) during the excavations of Bernard Grenfell and Arthur S. Hunt.
Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Gr. th. d. 4 (P).