|TM ID||TM 64490|
|Findspot (DEChriM ID)||28 (al-Bahnasā)||Class||Textual|
P.Oxy. L 3529
Tall papyrus fragment containing l. 1-11 of the Passion of St. Dioscorus. The fragment probably belonged to a book roll, due to the lack of writing on the verso. The hand is described as "awkward and gawky", and would have pointed to a composition as early as the Roman period, but the date is necessarily pushed to the 4th c. due to the textual content; see ed. pr.
This fragment is the earliest attestation of the text of Dioscorus the Martyr and his persecution in Cynopolis. The text is complemented by much later Syriac (5/6 c.) and Latin (12/13 c.) parallels; see the ed. pr.
The text presents the beginning dialogue between Culcian and Dioscorus. The scene would have taken place in 306/307 Cynopolis (cf. l. 1 "Διο]κλητιανοῦ and the complete date in the Syriac parallell; see ed. pr.). This particular witness omits the short exchange between the clerk and the prefect which is found in the parallel texts; see ed. pr.
|Selection criteria||Literary genre (Hagiographic), Nomina sacra|
Palaeography (compared with P.Oxy. XLIII 3106 and P.Beatty 8 12 (XII) as well as contextual evidence. The fragment necessarily postdates 307 due to the date found in the Syriac parallels; see the ed. pr.
|Absolute/relative date||Relative date|
Oxford, Sackler Library, Papyrology Rooms, 42 5B 75/D(1-4)a.