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Artefact ID285
TM IDTM 832720
Findspot (DEChriM ID)12   (Ismant al-Ḫarāb)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary
LanguageGreek, Coptic

P.KellisCopt. II 73 [P.Kellis VII 73]

Almost complete letter from Pegosh/Pekysis (in the Nile valley) to his brother Pshai in Coptic (L) with Greek address, containing greetings for several others, then asking his brother how 'the little one' heard that his sister had died leaving two daughters behind and resulting issues to organise, continues with greetings and further matters (partly destroyed text hampers understanding)

Selection criteriaMention of Christian individuals/communities, Coptic language
Date from360
Date to380
Dating criteria

Archaeological context, dossier connection

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

House 3, room 9, deposit 3

Accession number

P.KellisCopt. II 73 [P.Kellis VII 73]

Inv. Nr. P52J

current location unknown, probably excavation or SCA storage


Editio princeps

• Gardner, Iain, Anthony Alcock, and Wolf-Peter Funk. 2014. Coptic Documentary Texts from Kellis II P. Kell. VII (P. Kell. Copt. 57–131), Dakhleh Oasis Project: Monograph 16. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 83-87 and images on CD rom.

Additional bibliography

• Shisha-Halevy, Ariel. 2016. "Review of P.Kellis VII."  Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes 106: 273 (improved understanding of l. 6-7).

Matthias Müller, 2021
Suggested citation
Matthias Müller, 2021, "Artefact ID 285", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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