|TM ID||TM 20705|
|Findspot (DEChriM ID)||28 (al-Bahnasā)||Class||Textual|
P.Oxy. I 43 vo; Chrest.Wilck. 474: List of Guards or Watchmen of Oxyrhynchos
Both sides of this papyrus roll contain long official documents. The one on the recto, of a military character, gives an account of supplies provided to various troops and officers. The document on the verso was written after and contains a list of the guards who were distributed over the chief streets and public buildings of Oxyrhynchos. As such, it contains useful topographical information, in particular the earliest mention of churches in Oxyrhynchos, namely the North church (col. 1, l. 10: πρ(ὸς) τῇ βοριν[ῇ] ἐκκλησίᾳ) and the South church (col. 3, l. 19: πρ(ὸς) τῇ νοτινῇ ἐκκλησίᾳ). Also, among the watchmen, three of them bear the name Theodoros (with different patronyms) that are suggestive of Christianity (see Depauw Clarysse 2103: 416).
Another document mentioning a church in the early 4th c. is P.Berl.Bork. (c. 298-325, Panopolis).
|Selection criteria||Mention of Christian cult officials/institutions, Christian onomastics|
The document on the recto is dated 295. The ed. pr. suggested the document on the verso was written not long after, whereas Wilcken places it under Diocletian.
Note Bagnall's opinion: "perhaps as late as the 320s" (Bagnall 1993: 164, n. 83).
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London, British Library, Pap 748 Vo.