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Artefact ID503
TM IDTM 64493
Findspot (DEChriM ID)23   (al-Šayḫ ʿIbāda)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

P.Ant. I 13

A parchment fragment from a miniature codex containing the Acts of Paul and Thecla 2-3.

The small fragment (7.2 x 8.7 cm) preserves a folio from a miniature codex. There are 11 lines per page, with approx. 11 letters per line. The ed. pr. estimates that the complete Actes of Paul and Thecla would require 100 pages of this format; see ed. pr.

The script is an upright uncial written by a trained hand, and gives a formal impression; see Wayment 2013: 20. Line-final nu is appreviated by a horizontal stroke, and there is one nomen sacrum (see πν(εύματ)ι in l. 18, verso). Wayment points out that this abbreviation is somewhat curious, given that it refers to the spirit of a person, rather than the Holy Spirit.

Punctuation is expressed by high points, and there are no marked breathings.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Non-canonical), Nomina sacra
Date from375
Date to450
Dating criteria

Palaeography. The listed date was proposed by the ed. pr. More recently, the fragment was dated to the beginning of the 5th c. in a letter by the palaeographer Pasquale Orsini.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

The fragment was discovered in al-Šayḫ ʿIbāda (Antinoopolis).

Accession number

Oxford, Sackler Library, Papyrology Rooms, P.Ant. 13.


Editio princeps:

• Roberts, Colin Henderson, ed. 1950. The Antinoopolis Papyri I. London. 26-28, papyrus no. 13 and plate no. 1.

Additional bibliography:

• Bastianini, Guido and Angelo Casanova, eds. 2011. I papiri letterari cristiani: atti del Convegno internazionale di studi in memoria di Mario Naldini, Firenze, 10-11 giugno 2010. Firenze. Plate no. 11.

• Cavallo, Guglielmo. 1967. Ricerche sulla maiuscola biblica. Firenze: Le Monnier. Plate no. 57c.

• Davis, Stephen J. 2008. The cult of Saint Thecla: a tradition of women's piety in late antiquity. London / New York: Oxford University Press.

• Davis, Stephen J. 2015. "Pilgrimage and the cult of Saint Thecla in late antique Egypt". Pilgrimage and holy space in late antique Egypt. Frankfurter, David, ed. Religions in the Graeco-Roman World 134. Leiden. 332.

• Elliott, J. K. 1993. The Apocryphal New Testament: a collection of apocryphal Christian literature in an English translation. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 352.

• Geerard, Maurits. 1992. Clavis apocryphorum Novi Testamenti. Turnhout: Brepols. 119, no. 211.iii (2).

• Haines-Eitzen, Kim. 2006. "The Apocryphal Acts of the Apostles on Papyrus: Revisiting the Question of Readership and Audience." New Testament manuscripts: their texts and their world. Kraus, Thomas J., and Tobias Nicklas, eds. Leiden: Brill. 293-304.

• Orsini, Pasquale, and Edoardo Crisci, eds. 2005. Manoscritti in maiuscola biblica: materiali per un aggiornamento. Cassino: Università degli Studi di Cassino. 59, 61, 103, 105, 119, 120, 122, 134, 251, 264, 290.

• van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens. Paris. Description no. 610.

• Wayment, Thomas A. 2013. The text of the New Testament apocrypha (100-400 CE). London. 20-21, 225-226.

• Zwierlein, Otto. 2011. "Griechische Papyri in der Überlieferung der Acta Apostolorum Apocrypha". I papiri letterari cristiani. Bastianini, Guido and Angelo Casanova, eds. Studi e Testi di Papirologia NS 13. Firenze. 126-128, no. 2a.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 503", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,