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Artefact ID449
TM IDTM 20294
Findspot (DEChriM ID)12   (Ismant al-Ḫarāb)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

P.Kellis I 32: Lease of a room

Contract according to which Aurelia Marsis from the village of Kellis residing in the middle-Egyptian village of Aphrodite (Antaiopolite nome) has leased from Aurelius Psais son of Pamouris (also from Kellis and also residing in Aphrodite) for the current year one room in his house. The rent for the whole year is two artabs of wheat. As Aurelia Marsis is illiterate, Aurelios Iakôb son of Besis, "priest and reader of the catholic church" (πρ(εσβυτέρου) ἀναγνώστης καθολικῆς ἐκε̣λησίας) has written for her.

This papyrus yields another instance with P.Kellis I 30 (363) of Christian persons born in Kellis and residing in Aphrodite at the moment the contract was written. Apparently, Psais took the contract back to Kellis at some later moment.

Writing (very clumsy hand) parallel to the fibres; verso is blank.

Selection criteriaMention of Christian cult officials/institutions, Christian onomastics, Archaeological context associated with Christian markers
Date from364
Date to364
Dating criteria

Text dated October 28, 364.

Family of Pamour

Absolute/relative dateAbsolute date
Archaeological context

House 3, room 6, level 4

Accession number

Kellis, excavations Dakleh Oasis Project 1986-, inv. P. 83


Editio princeps

• Worp, Klaas, with contributions by J.E.G. Whitehorne and R.W. Daniel. 1995. Greek Papyri from Kellis I. (P.Kell.G.). Nos. 1-90. Dakhleh Oasis Project: Monograph 3. Oxford: Oxbow Books, no. 32: 95-94 and pl. 30.

Valérie Schram, 2021
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, 2021, "Artefact ID 449", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,