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Artefact ID454
TM IDTM 33319
Findspot (DEChriM ID)12   (Ismant al-Ḫarāb)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

P.Kellis I 65: Letter from Philammon to Tekose

Philammon complains to Tekose because she has not sent any news to him and gives her instructions: collect the rent due on a plot of land out on lease, estimate the olive crop, sell a small amount of olive oil and a foal for him, in order to help him cover a substantial financial loss. References to God ("if God bids" / "And (even) if God does not").

The Philammon is possibly the same as the one in P.Kellis I 49 (304); P.Kellis  I 37 (320) or even the Coptic P.KellisCopt. II 81 in which a certain Philammon complains to Theognostos / Loui Shai of losses that he has sustained.


After writing, the papyrus was turned vertically from top to bottom and the letter was continued on the bottom back across the fibres. Address written along the fibres on the bottom left hand side of the back before the letter was rolled up.

Selection criteriaChristian terms/formulas/concepts, Archaeological context associated with Christian markers
Date from300
Date to325
Dating criteria

Palaeography and dossier connection (Family of Pamour).

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

House 3, room 8, level 4

Accession number

Kellis, excavations Dakleh Oasis Project 1986-, inv. P. 61.Z


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. 65: 172-175 and pl. 65.

Valérie Schram, 2021
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, 2021, "Artefact ID 454", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,