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Artefact ID460
TM IDTM 33326
Findspot (DEChriM ID)12   (Ismant al-Ḫarāb)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

P.Kellis I 72: Letter from Pamouris to Pekysis.

After greetings and wishes for health "with God's grace" to all the family, Pamouris tries to understand why Pekysis did not come to visit nor did he send any news nor even one fleece and reproaches him for his carelessness towards his family. He asks him to buy purple, a linen cloth and some "nicely coloured wool". Postscript in the left-hand margin; end of the letter on the verso, with the address.

The writing on both sides of the sheet runs parallel with the fibres.

Selection criteriaMention of Christian individuals/communities, Christian terms/formulas/concepts, Christian onomastics, Archaeological context associated with Christian markers
Date from325
Date to375
Dating criteria

Palaeography and dossier connection (Family of Pamour).

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

House 3, room 6, level 4, Southeast corner

Accession number

Kellis, excavations Dakleh Oasis Project 1986-, inv. P. 85.B # l


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. 72: 189-191 and pl. 72.

Valérie Schram, 2021
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, 2021, "Artefact ID 460", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,