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Artefact ID295
TM IDTM 832728
Findspot (DEChriM ID)12   (Ismant al-Ḫarāb)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary
LanguageGreek, Coptic

P.KellisCopt. II 81 [P.Kellis VII 81]

Almost complete letter from Philammon to Theognostos in Coptic (L) with Greek address, Ph. complains that someone came from the oasis without a letter to him, starts a complicated narrative of grievance which can not be fully understood, except that the culprit is some Kapitou (Kapiton, who came without a letter), verso continues with some instructions and requests for items to be sent, probably Th. is not in the oasis therefore no greetings to the extended family as usual; close connection to the Coptic P.KellisCopt. II 80, P.KellisCopt. II 82, and P.KellisCopt. II 116 as well as the Greek P.Kellis I 67

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 6, deposit 3

Accession number

P.KellisCopt. II 81 [P.Kellis VII 81]

Inv. Nr. P68G

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, 118-119, 124-130, 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.

Matthias Müller, 2021
Suggested citation
Matthias Müller, 2021, "Artefact ID 295", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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