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Artefact ID511
TM IDTM 62048
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumCodex

P.Münch. II 34; P.Muench. II 34

Two papyrus fragments (A: 4.5 x 16.5 cm and B: 4.8 x 16.3 cm) containing the Psalms 15:4-11 and 16:3-11.

The current text of the Psalms has been copied onto a reused fragment. The original papyrus roll contained an administrative text (an official correspondance) from 302/302 CE (date found on the recto of fragment B). The writing area is estimated to have been 18 x 20 cm and consisted of 28 lines of text; see Bagnall 2002: 4 and the ed. pr.

Both fragments contain visible kollemmata.

The two psalms are preserved on different folios:

Verso of fragment A contains psalm 15, verses 4 ad finem (23 lines of text). 
Verso of fragment B contains psalm 16, verses 3-11 (19 lines of text).

The script is a rounded majuscule. The text contains rough breathing and apostrophes (e.g., fr. A, line 8) as well as marked punctuation. Longer verses seem to have been divided over two lines (see fr. A l. 3, 5, 7, and 16, as well as fr. B l. 5), and there are several instances of nomina sacra.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Biblical), Nomina sacra
Date from300
Date to499
Dating criteria

Palaeography. The rounded majuscule is dated by the ed. pr. to the end of the 4th/beginning of the 5th c., who also gives P.Oxy. XIII 1600 (Melito of Sardes, 4/5 c.) and P.Oxy. XXIV 2385 (Gospel of Matthew, end of the 4th c.) as comparanda.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Provenance is unknown.

The fragment was acquired before 1919, and can perhaps be tracked to the 1906 Papyruskartell-purchase; see Bagnall 2002: 4 n. 15.

Accession number

Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, P. gr. 333.


Editio princeps:

∙ Carlini, Antonio, ed. 1986. Die Papyri der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek München II: Papiri letterari greci. Papyrus no. 34 and plate no. 16.

Additional bibliography:

∙ Bagnall, Roger S. 2002. "Public Administration and the Documentation of Roman Panopolis". Perspectives on Panopolis. Egberts, A, B.P. Muhs and J. van der Vliet, eds. Brill. Leiden. 1-12.

∙ Rahlfs, Alfred and Detlef Fraenkel. 2004 (1914). Verzeichnis der griechischen Handschriften des Alten Testaments. Göttingen. 252, descr. no. 2172.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 511", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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