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Artefact ID498
TM IDTM 61976
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

Dianich 1957: 178-179; Aland AT104

Fragment of a papyrus folio containing the Book of Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) 29:15-18 and 25-27.

The fragment is approx. 10 x 5.5 cm (estimated original size: 15 x 22 cm), and only the right side remains somewhat intact: the right margin is narrow (0.5 cm), but wider (2.3 cm) on the other side of the page. The verso (8 lines) precedes the recto (6 lines). The ed. pr. estimates that 23 lines have been lost between the verso and recto.

Dicola indicate verse end, and a filler sign (>) appears in the end of l. 2 of the verso. There is sometimes an enlarged space between words.There are no nomina sacra.

The script is described by the as a large and clear Biblical majuscule.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Biblical)
Date from200
Date to399
Dating criteria

Palaeography. The large, clear uncial is dated to the 3/4 c. by the ed. pr.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Provenance is unknown.

Accession number

Florence, Istituto Papirologico ’G. Vitelli’, PSI inv. 531


Editio princeps:

∙ Dianich, A. 1957. "Papiri inediti della Raccolta Fiorentina". Annali della Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. Lettere, Storia e Filosofia 26, 178-179.

Additional bibliography:

· Aland, Kurt. 1976. Repertorium der griechischen christlichen Papyri: 1. Biblische Papyri: Altes Testament, Neues Testament, Varia, Apokryphen. Berlin, Altes Testament 104.

∙ Naldini, Mario. 1965. Documenti dell'antichità cristiana: papiri e pergamene greco-egizie della Raccolta Fiorentina. Firenze: Le Monnier, descr. no. 6 and pl. 7.

∙ Rahlfs, Alfred and Detlef Fraenkel. 2004 (1914). Verzeichnis der griechischen Handschriften des Alten Testaments. Göttingen, 125, descr. no. 828.

∙ van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens. Paris, descr. no. 281.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 498", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,