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Artefact ID348
TM IDTM 32656
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

P.Lond. VI 1923: Letter to Papnouthios

Ammonius writes to "his beloved and most pious and dear to God and blessed father Papnouthios", sending "greeting in the Lord", to request to be remembered in his "holy prayers" and to inform him of a meeting he had with a certain Didymus, according to Papnouthios' instructions. Grammar and orthography indicate an educated man.


Recto: very clear and regular cursive hand, running along the fibres.

Verso: Address along the fibres. The ed. notes the presence of a cross before the address (Choat 2006: 117).

Selection criteriaChristian terms/formulas/concepts, Christian onomastics, Christian symbols/gestures/isopsephy
Date from325
Date to375
Dating criteria

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).

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

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).

Accession number

London, British Library, Pap 2491


Editio princeps:

· Bell, Harold I. 1924. Jews and Christians in Egypt. The Jewish Troubles in Alexandria and the Athanasian Controversy. London: British Museum, 103-105, no. 1923.

Additional bibliography:

· Choat, Malcolm and Maria Chiara Giorda. 2017. Writing and Communication in Early Monasticism. Texts and Studies in Eastern Christianity 9. Leiden-Boston, 29-33.

Valérie Schram, 2021
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, 2021, "Artefact ID 348", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,