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Artefact ID517
TM IDTM 59996
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

Batovici 2016: 20-36; KV33; P.Weill I 96 +  P.Prag. I 1

Fragments containing the Shepherd of Hermas, Mandata VIII 9–12 and Similitudines V 7.3–4 as well as VI 1.1–5a.

The publication is a composite of P.Weil I 96 (12 x 12.5 cm) and P.Prag. I 1 fragments A (16.8 x 14 cm ), B (10.3 x 15 cm) and C (2 x 4.4 cm). P.Weil I 96 comprises the bottom half folio of P.Prag. I 1, fr. B, and there is a visible kollesis on its recto. The connection between P.Weil and P.Prag. I 1 fr. B was discovered by Milliez; see Milliez 2009/10: 26-53. The text was written in one column, and would have contained approx. 27-28 lines of text. The original folio size is estimated to have been 17 x 28 cm; see Carlini 1988.

It is possible that the break between P.Prag. I 1 fr. B and P.Weil I 96 would have contained a stigma or another type of sub-heading to indicate the sixth chapter of the Similitudines beginning in l. 1 of P. Weil I 96.

It is uncertain how much of the Shepherd of Hermas would have appeared in the original codex, and the surviving text appears to agree more often with MS M, than with MS A; see ed. pr.

The hand is described as having cursive qualities, inter alia several ligatures, and there are various nomina sacra throughout the text. A diaeresis appears as the only diacritical mark in l. 10 of P. Weil I 96 verso.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Non-canonical), Nomina sacra
Date from300
Date to499
Dating criteria

Palaeography. Carlini, in the ed. pr. of P.Prag. I 1, places the hand in the end of the 4th / beginning of the 5th c., and gives MPER NS III 62 as comparandum (a work by Themistius from the late 4th/5th c., provenance N/A; see Carlini 1988). The ed. pr. of the composite publication agrees with this suggestion.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Unknown provenance. Part of a lot bought in Cairo in 1909-1910 by Raymond Weill who donated the lot to the EPHE in 1920.

Accession number

Paris, Sorbonne Université, Institut de papyrologie, P.Weill lot de 1909-1910, grec no. 96 (W. no. 148) + Prague, National Library, P. Wessely Prag. Gr. II 516 + Gr. III 1228 + dalGr. IV 164.


Editio princeps:

∙ Batovici, Dan. 2016. "A New Hermas Papyrus Fragment in Paris". Archiv für Papyrusforschung 62 (1). 20-36.

Additional bibliography:

∙ Aland, Kurt. 1995. Repertorium der Griechischen Christlichen Papyri. II. Kirchenväter. Kirchenväter 33.

∙ Carlini, Antonio. 1988. Papyri Graecae Wessely Pragenses, ed. R. Pintaudi, R. Dostálová and L. Vidman. Firenze. Papyrus no. 1 and plates no. 1-3.

∙ Choat, Malcolm and Rachel Yuen-Collingridge. 2010. "The Egyptian Hermas: The Shepherd in Egypt before Constantine". Early Christian Manuscripts: Examples of Applied Method and Approach. J. Kraus, Thomas and Tobias Nicklas, eds. Leiden/Boston: Brill. 191–212.

∙ Milliez, Carole. 2009/2010. “Fragment de la VIe Similitude du Pasteur d’Hermas”. Les papyrus Weill: étude et inventoriage d’un fonds complexe et encore inexploré. Mémoire muséographique..Université Paris IV Sorbonne. Institut de Papyrologie. 26–53.

Sofia Heim, Valérie Schram, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, Valérie Schram, 2021, "Artefact ID 517", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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