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Artefact ID340
TM IDTM 30164
Findspot (DEChriM ID)34   (Ǧabal al-Ṭārif)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

P.Nag Hamm. 74 : Letter from Peteesis.

Fragmentary business letter addressed to someone whose name is lost. Peteesis prays "in the Lord" (τῷ Κ(υρί)ῳ) for the recipient's health. The rest concerns products but is almost completely lost.

Recto: text written along the fibres; the letter continues in the left margin, written from to top to bottom. Verso: end of the letter (about sending sheep), along the fibres.

Selection criteriaChristian terms/formulas/concepts, Nomina sacra
Date from325
Date to375
Dating criteria

Palaeography. Also, other waste papyri recovered from the same cartonnage used to construct the Nag Hammadi codex VII include contracts dated 341, 346 and 348 (PNH 65).

Text not dated in the

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

The leather covers of eight of the twelve Nag Hammadi codices found in a sealed jar by Egyptian agricultural workers in 1945 (see ID 23) had been strengthened by cartonnage made of waste papyri. This papyrus comes from the richest of these cartonnages, codex VII.

Accession number

Cairo, Coptic Museum Nag Hamm. VII 15 c


Editio princeps

• Barns, J.W.B., G.M. Browne and J.C. Shelton (ed.). 1981. Nag Hammadi Codices. Greek and Coptic Papyri from the Cartonnage of the Covers. Nag Hammadi Studies XVI. Leiden, 70-71: no. 74.

Valérie Schram, 2021
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, 2021, "Artefact ID 340", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,