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Artefact ID370
TM IDTM 33346
Findspot (DEChriM ID)28   (al-Bahnasā)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

SB XXII 15359; P.Oxy.Descr. 11; P.Oxy. I 182 descr.: Letter of Thonius to Thecla

Letter from Thonius to "Thecla my spouse and sister in the Lord God", greetings and prayers to the "Divine Providence". The object of the letter concerns Papnouthis and a matter of 20 talents. The end of the letter is unintelligible because of some loss in the lower margin.

According to the ed., there is a possible connection with the business archive of Papnuthis and Dorotheus, published by J. Shelton as P. Oxy. XLVIII3384-3429.

Recto: The handwriting is a good example of a mid-4th c. Kanzleischrift derivative; running along the fibres.

Verso: Address, along the fibres (see Gonis 2001: 117 for correction).

Selection criteriaChristian terms/formulas/concepts
Date from325
Date to375
Dating criteria

Palaeography: comparison with hands of the Papnouthis archive, such as P.Oxy. XLVIII 3387 (358) and 3390 (342).

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Archaeological context-
Accession number

Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Gr. class. f. 68 (P)


Editio princeps

• Montserrat, Dominic, Georgina Fantoni, Patrick Robinson. 1994. "Varia Descripta Oxyrhynchita."  The Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 31, 48-50: no. 11 with pl. 9. 

Additional bibliography

• Grenfell, Bernard P. and Arthur S. Hunt. 1898. The Oxyrhynchus Papyri I. Egypt Exploration Society in Graeco-Roman Memoirs. London, no. 182 (descr.).

• Gonis, Nikolaos. 2001. "Some More Elaborate Epistolary Addresses." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 136, 116-118.

Valérie Schram, 2021
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, 2021, "Artefact ID 370", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,