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Artefact ID482
TM IDTM 44659
Findspot (DEChriM ID)55   (Qarāra)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary
LanguageGreek, Coptic

SB Kopt. III 1311 [P.Lond. VI 1920]

Largely complete letter from Hatre to Paiêw ("the confessor") in Coptic (S) with Greek address, negotiating the production of a cloak and some shoes by Paiêw or his community, sender is a place called Tmou mpahôm (Falcon island)

Selection criteriaMention of Christian cult officials/institutions, Mention of Christian individuals/communities, Coptic language
Date from330
Date to340
Dating criteria

Dossier connection, script, Coptic

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Accession number

London, British Library Papyrus 2488


Editio princeps

• Crum in Bell, Harold Idris. 1924. Jews and Christians in Egypt. The Jewish Troubles in Alexandria and the Athanasian Controversy Illustrated by Texts from Greek Papyri in the British Museum. London: Trustees of the British Museum, 91–93 & pl. IIIa.

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, 24 #1311.

Additional bibliography

• Choat, Malcolm. 2017. "Monastic Letters on Papyrus from Late Antique Egypt." In Writing and Communication in Early Egyptian Monasticism, edited by Malcolm & Giorda Choat, Mariachiara, 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 482", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,