|TM ID||TM 33556|
|Findspot (DEChriM ID)||55 (Qarāra)||Class||Textual|
P.Neph. 2: Letter from Paulos to Nepheros
Fragmentary letter of which the names of sender and recipient are lost but can be guessed. The letter contains a reminder to the recipient to take the sixteen artabs of wheat which Papnuthis owes the sender, and the usual request for prayers and greetings to the monastic brothers in Hathor.
Recto: Script written in a hand similar to P.Neph. 1, but more careful, until line 8, when the hand becomes more cursive. Maybe the hand of a different writer who could be Paulos; concluding salutations centered to the right (as usual in 4th c.); the Greek is correct; no diacritics are used (Bagnall 2018: 89). Writing runs along the fibres.
|Selection criteria||Mention of Christian individuals/communities, Christian terms/formulas/concepts, Christian onomastics|
Palaeography, archive connection and historic context led the editors to suggest a range of date around 360 for the Nepheros correspondence (Kramer and Shelton 1987: 5). According to the study of the prices mentioned in the archive, Bagnall 1989: 75 (= BL IX, 173) suggests a range after 352.
|Absolute/relative date||Relative date|
The P.Neph. were bought on the market but according to the seller they were all found together. Nothing in the archive led the editors to doubt this statement and they add that the archive were probably found in the direct vicinity of the ancient location of the monastery of Phathor (see Kramer and Shelton 1987: 5).
Trier, University Library, P.UB Trier S 073-07 9(18) + 20(a)