|TM ID||TM 59242|
|Findspot (DEChriM ID)||28 (al-Bahnasā)||Class||Textual|
P.Oxy. XV 1778 + P. Heid. Inv. G 1013; KV2
Two papyrus fragments containing Aristides Apology 5.5 and 6.1, written in the defence of Christianity to the emperor Hadrian. This papyrus is the earliest discovered Greek witness to the text of Aristides (composed in the 2nd c.), the only other being P.Lond.Lit. 223 (4th c.) containing verses 15.4-16.2. The text was otherwise known through indirect attestation in the Greek text of Barlaam and Josaphat by John of Damascus as well as in Latin and Syriac translations and Armenian fragments; see Blumell / Wayment 2015: 343-344.
The fragment is comprised of pieces from two folios of the same codex; a larger fragment from the upper part of the folio (=P.Oxy. 1778) and a shorter, wide fragment from the bottom part of the folios (=P.Heid. inv. G 1013).
The script is a neat and legible uncial, and there are no marks of punctuation. There is only one instance of nomen sacrum found in l. 24 (θν as the contracted form of θεόv) while other, usually contracted christian nouns, are written out in full.
|Selection criteria||Literary genre (Non-canonical), Literary genre (Theological), Mention of Christian individuals/communities, Nomina sacra|
Palaeography. Dated by the ed. pr. (Hunt 1922) to the 4th c. on the basis of comparison with P.Oxy. VI 847.
|Absolute/relative date||Relative date|
Heidelberg, Institute for Papyrology, P. G 1013 and Oxford, Sackler Library, Papyrology Rooms, P. Oxy. 1778.