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Artefact ID360
TM IDTM 110227
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

P.Sijp. 60b: Letter to Papnouthios

Fragmentary letter sent by someone whose name is lost to Papnouthios, informing him that he has received the letter "of your holiness" and obeyed, "the honourable Maria" being presented as a witness to it. He asks to be remembered in his holy prayers and mentions the oil that Papnouthios sent to him.

Like in P.Sijp. 60a, a number of temporal, content-related, and formal similarities makes it most likely that Papnouthios is the same holy man as the one from the letters published as P.Lond. 1923-1929.

Descr.: Unusually wide sheet (similar format and layout as P.Sijp. 60a and P.Lond. VI 1929). Recto: two different hands, with a personal subscription by the writer in the last lines, in a more cursive hand; text written along the fibres. Verso: the address which was probably there is lost.

Selection criteriaChristian terms/formulas/concepts, Christian onomastics, Nomina sacra
Date from340
Date to375
Dating criteria

Palaeography. Comparison with the archive of Abinnaeus (P.Abinn. 3), Nepheros (P.Neph. 3, 10 and 19) and P.Lond. VI 1929, all from the middle of 4th c. P.Sijp. 60 a and b would be dated to the same period or at most slightly later.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Acquired by Karl Reinhardt in 1897.

Accession number

Heidelberg, Institut für Papyrologie P. Heid. Inv. G. 38


Editio princeps

• Hagedorn, Ursula and Dieter Hagedorn. 2007. Papyri in memory of P.J. Sijpesteijn (P. Sijp.), edited by A. J. B. Sirks and K. A. Worp. Oakville, Conn., 373-380, no. 60b, pl. 73.

Additional bibliography

Choat, M. 2017. "Monastic Letters on Papyrus from Late Antique Egypt." In Writing and Communication in Early Monasticism, ed. by M. Choat and M. Ch. Giorda. Leiden-Boston, 29-33, 52-53.

Valérie Schram, Victor Ghica, 2021, 2023
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, Victor Ghica, 2021, 2023, "Artefact ID 360", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,