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P.Lond. VI 1924: Letter to Papnouthios.
Ausonios, probably an official of high rank, writes to his "beloved father apa Papnouthios" (τῷ ἀγαπητῷ πατρὶ ἄπα Παπνουθίῳ) and informs him that he has followed his instructions and sent for Horus of Philonikou (Herakleopolites). He asks for more orders and to be remembered in the apa's prayers.
It's likely that the writer was Flavius Julius Ausonius, the prefect of Augustamnica in 341 and 342 (Bell 1924: 100; Choat in Choat and Giorda 2017: 32).
Recto: Two hands. The main hand is of an official type, most likely a secretary, whereas the subscription (last four lines) was written in a hand much less ornamental and more cursive, apparently of an educated writer; text written along the fibres; 10 cm of blank at the foot of the letter. Verso: Address, along the fibres.
|Selection criteria||Mention of Christian cult officials/institutions, Christian terms/formulas/concepts, Christian onomastics|
No date occurs in the archive but palaeographically dated to the middle of the fourth century by comparison with the archive of Abinnaeus (c. 342-351).
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Purchased with a lot comprising Papyri 2486-2542 from Maurice Nahman (b. 1868, d. 1948) in September 1922 (British Library website). According to the dealer, the seven letters of the correspondence of Papnouthios were discovered together, but there is no information regarding the place of discovery (Bell 1924: 100).
London, British Library, Pap 2492