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Artefact ID483
TM IDTM 44660
Findspot (DEChriM ID)55   (Qarāra)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary
LanguageGreek, Coptic

SB Kopt. III 1312 [P.Lond. VI 1921]

Largely complete letter from (or to?) Paiêw/Paiêous in Coptic with Greek address and farewell, consisting mainly of greetings and the announcement that the writer sent something with an Apa Megalonymous (see for him P.Lond. VI 1917)

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

Dossier connection, script, use of Coptic

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Accession number

London, British Library, Papyrus 2549


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, 94-97 & pl. III (ll. 22-28) = P.Lond. VI.

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, 25 #1312 (but note Jernstedt's restoration apud Crum, Walter Ewing. 1927. "Some Further Meletian Documents."  The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 13: 19 note 1).

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 483", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,