|TM ID||TM 33302|
|Findspot (DEChriM ID)||12 (Ismant al-Ḫarāb)||Class||Textual|
P.Kellis I 12: fragments of a private letter from Samoun to his lord father Tithoes (?).
4 fragments under a glass frame but it remains uncertain whether they really all belong to the same letter. Frag. II refers to a monastery (εἰς τὸ μονοστή|[ριον], l. μοναστήριον) where Samoun tells Tithoes to put his son so that he can learn the trade of linen-weaving. These activities are likely to have taken place in the Oasis, rather than in the Nile Valley.
The monastery in question may have been the monastery at Tenida (cf. Wagner 1987: 196); there is another reference to a monastery in P.KellisCopt. I 12 from House 2 written by Tithoes to Samoun in which it is communicated that Samoun's son Tithoes went to the monastery, together with father Pebo (see P.Kellis I 12, l. 18-19n).
The handwriting, a semi-cursive, is not quite consistently the same in all four fragments; all writings run along the fibres.
|Selection criteria||Mention of Christian cult officials/institutions|
|Absolute/relative date||Relative date|
Frag. I, II, IV: House 2, room 2, level 2, low in Northeast corner.
Frag. III: Structure 4, room 1, North of levels 2 and 4.
Kellis, excavations Dakleh Oasis Project 1986-, inv. A/2/65 + A/2/66 + A/3/22; + A/2/63; SCA numbers unknown.