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Artefact ID452
TM IDTM 20316
Findspot (DEChriM ID)12   (Ismant al-Ḫarāb)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

P.Kellis I 58: fragment of an agreement.

Mutilated fragment of a Greek contract that does not contain sufficient elements to establish its original nature precisely; but it mentions "a priest of the 'catholic' church" as a witness (Αὐρήλιος Ἁρπ]ο̣κράτης πρεσβύτερος καθολικῆς ἐκκλησ̣[ίας) which, in the year 337 is interesting, as it is the earliest occurrence in the Kellis papyri and early in the papyri in general. 

The writing runs parallel with the fibres; the back is blank.

Selection criteriaMention of Christian cult officials/institutions, Archaeological context associated with Christian markers
Date from337
Date to337
Dating criteria

Dated to the consulate of Flavius Felicianus and Fabius Titianus

Absolute/relative dateAbsolute date
Archaeological context

House 3, room l, level I, in Southeast corner. 

Accession number

Kellis, excavations Dakleh Oasis Project 1986-, inv. A/5/4


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. 58: 158-159 and pl. 58.

Valérie Schram, 2021
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, 2021, "Artefact ID 452", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,