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Artefact ID520
TM IDTM 64348
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentLiterary, Subliterary

AfP 2 (1903): 217-224, papyrus no. IV

Papyrus fragments containing a Christian wisdom text.

These three fragments survive from a papyrus roll, and measure 12 x 5.5 cm (fragment A); 10.5 x 6.5 cm (fragment B); and 12 x 8 cm (fragment C).

The recto preserves a documentary text from On the verso, fragment A contains the beginning of 15 lines of text, while the two other fragments hold the ends of 33 lines and belong together as the top and bottom of the sheet. The text is structured in sections in which the lines have irregular length, and certain lines are left blank to indicate the deparate paragraphs/sections.

The ed. pr. notes that the text is of a type resembling Christian ecclesiastical Sententiae, and suggests that the different paragraphs were introduced by the genitive of the name of the apostle to which the paraenetic saying belongs.

The hand is descriped as clumsy and irregular in shape, and there are some instances of marked breathing and accentuation (see l. 4 on fragment C). The text contains nomina sacra.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Non-canonical), Christian terms/formulas/concepts, Nomina sacra
Date from250
Date to399
Dating criteria

Palaeography. The ed. pr. places the fragments in the end of the 3rd c. up to the 4th c. with the support of Wilcken, due to a palaeographical assesment of i.a. the ksi on the recto of fragment B; see ed. pr.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

The provenance is Panopolis (Akhmim), where Dr. H. Thiersch acquired the fragments; see ed. pr.

Accession number

Strasbourg, Bibliothèque Nationale P. gr. 1017.


Editio princeps:

∙ Plassberg, O. 1903. "Strassburger Anekdota". Archiv für Papyrusforschung 2. 217-224, papyrus no. IV.

Additional bibliography:

·  Baratte, François and Bernard Boyaval. 1974. "Catalogue des étiquettes de momies du Musée du Louvre (C.E.M.L.). Textes grecs. [1e partie.]". CRIPEL 2. 155-264.

· van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens. Paris. Description no. 1178.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 520", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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