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Artefact ID349
TM IDTM 32658
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

P.Lond. VI 1925: Letter to Papnouthios.

Pianius (?) writes to "the most desired, excellent in knowledge Apa Papnouthios" and greets him "in the Lord God" (ἐν κ(υρί)ῳ θ(ε)ῷ). The first part of the letter contains a request for prayers, the second part is mainly greetings to "all the brethren who are with your holiness". On the back, the letter is addressed to "my beloved brother Papnouthios, anchorite... monastery (mone?) of monks"?

Recto: two different hands; the second one (subscription, last two lines) being smaller and more cursive; text along the fibres.Verso: address, along the fibres.

Selection criteriaMention of Christian cult officials/institutions, Christian terms/formulas/concepts, Christian onomastics, Nomina sacra
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 2493


Editio princeps:

· Bell, Harold I. 1924. Jews and Christians in Egypt. The Jewish Troubles in Alexandria and the Athanasian Controversy. London: British Museum, 106-108, no. 1925.

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 349", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,