|TM ID||TM 33561|
|Findspot (DEChriM ID)||55 (Qarāra)||Class||Textual|
P.Neph. 7: fragment of a letter from Paulos to Nepheros.
Although the beginning of the letter is lost, the address on the verso gives the names of the correspondents. The subject of the letter concerns one more time the 16 artabs of wheat that Papnouthis owes Paulos and which he refuses to repay and lies about, showing thus no reverence for Nepheros (this might refer to the meeting suggested by Paulos in the previous letter P.Neph. 6). The letter ends with greetings to the community and health wishes.
Recto: cursive writing, slightly slanting to the right; some high and flat final υ; 2 lines in the left margin, perpendicular to the main text. Writing runs parallel with the fibres.
Verso: address, written parallel with the fibres.
|Selection criteria||Mention of Christian individuals/communities, 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).
Heidelberg, Institute for Papyrology, P.Heid. Inv. G 2144