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Artefact ID352
TM IDTM 32661
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

P.Lond. VI 1928: Letter to Apa Papnouthios

This letter from Herakleides to "the beloved father in the sight of God Apa Papnouthios" concerns a request for prayers because some sickness has fallen upon him. The postscript, added by Herakleides himself, contains a combination of Ps. 117, 5 and Jon. 2, 3.

Recto: large cursive practised hand, along the fibres. Subscription and postscript in a large sloping / more cursive hand, with nomen sacrum. Verso: address, along the fibres.

Selection criteriaMention of Christian cult officials/institutions, Christian terms/formulas/concepts, 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 2496


Editio princeps

• Bell, Harold I. 1924. Jews and Christians in Egypt. The Jewish Troubles in Alexandria and the Athanasian Controversy. London: British Museum, 114-115, no. 1928.

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 352", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,