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Artefact ID396
TM IDTM 61969
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentLiterary

P.Pisa Lit. 14; AT135; Aland AT135; P.Alex. 203 (Carlini 1972: 489-494)

Two papyrus fragments containing Isaias 48. The verso is blank.

Fragment A has preserved the ends of 14 lines, while fragment B has preserved parts of two columns. The ed. pr. estimates the intercolumnal space to have been 1,5 cm, and the original line amount to have been 27 lines per column.

The script is described as elegant, in an upright severe style and with clear alternation between thick and thin strokes. It contains some instances of trema and contractions in the form of nomina sacra. The ed. pr. suggest that chronological frame should be expanded to include the late 3rd c., although the consultation with G. Cavallo and C. H. Roberts favours the 4th c. 

Considering the text internal similarities with the MS Coislinianus 191 (inter alia 5 shared errors), the ed. pr. indicates that P.Alex. 203 was akin to the Greek model of the Saidic version of Isaiah.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Biblical), Nomina sacra
Date from200
Date to399
Dating criteria

Palaeography. The stylistic, uncial script suggests a date in the late 3rd or 4th c. The somewhat earlier date was suggested M. Manfredi through comparisons with the earlier P.Oxy. XXX 2516 (2nd c., Oxyrhynchus) and P.Oxy. V 843 (late 2nd c., Oxyrhynchus); see ed. pr. 

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Findspot and provenance are unknown.

Accession number

Alexandria, Graeco-Roman Museum, P. 203.


Editio princeps:

∙ Carlini, Antonio, et al. 1972. "Sei Papiri Letterari del museo di Alessandria". Annali della Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa 3 (2). 489-494, no. 1 and plate no 33.

Reference edition:

∙ Carlini, Antonio et al., eds. 1978. Papiri letterari greci. (P. Pisa Lit.). Biblioteca degli studi classici e orientali. Pisa: Giardini. 119-124, No. 14. Tav. VI.

Additional bibliography:

∙ Aland, Kurt. 1976. Repertorium der griechischen christlichen Papyri: 1. Biblische Papyri: Altes Testament, Neues Testament, Varia, Apokryphen. AT135.

∙ Rahlfs, Alfred and Detlef Fraenkel. 2004 (1914). Verzeichnis der griechischen Handschriften des Alten Testaments. 2, descr. no. 850.

∙ van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens. Paris. Description no. 300 descr.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 396", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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