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Artefact ID481
TM IDTM 44662
Findspot (DEChriM ID)55   (Qarāra)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary
LanguageGreek, Coptic

SB Kopt. III 1310 [P.London BL inv. 2724]

Fragmentarily preserved letter by Timotheus to Paiêw in Coptic with Greek address from Melitian context (Monastery at Hathor) excusing himself for having lied to him when he had last visited him asking for forgiveness and atonement now, text then is badly damaged, various persons with the title apa are being named (Prow, see P.Lond. VI 1914; Dioscorus, see P.Lond. VI 1916, P.Lond. VI 1918, and P.Lond. VI 1921; and Gerontius, see P.Lond. VI 1918) plus Anoup (see P.Lond. VI 1914).

Selection criteriaMention of Christian individuals/communities, Coptic language
Date from330
Date to340
Dating criteria

Script, dossier connection

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Accession number

London, British Library inv. 2724


Editio princeps

• Crum, Walter Ewing. 1927. "Some Further Meletian Documents."  The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 13:19-26 with pl. X.

Reference edition

• Hasitzka, Monika. 2006. Koptisches Sammelbuch III, Mitteilungen aus der Papyrussammlung der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek (Papyrus Erzherzog Rainer) NS XXIII/3. München & Leipzig: K. G. Saur, 23-24 #1310.

Additional bibliography

• Choat, Malcolm. 2017. "Monastic Letters on Papyrus from Late Antique Egypt." In Writing and Communication in Early Egyptian Monasticism, edited by Malcolm Choat and Maria Chiara Giorda, 25–29 [17–72]. Leiden & Boston: Brill.

• Hauben, Hans. 2002. "Aurêlios Pageus, alias Apa Paiêous, et le monastère mélitien d'Hathor." Ancient Society 32: 337-352.

• Wipszycka, Ewa. 2009. Moines et communautés monastiques en Egypte (IVe–VIIe siècles), Journal of Juristic Papyrology. Supplements 11. Warsaw: Warsaw University, Faculty of Law & Administration, Chair of Roman & Anqtiue Law, 80–81.

Matthias Müller, 2021
Suggested citation
Matthias Müller, 2021, "Artefact ID 481", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,