|TM ID||TM 33562|
|Findspot (DEChriM ID)||55 (Qarāra)||Class||Textual|
P.Neph. 9: Letter from Paulos to Nepheros, Kolobos and Protos.
According to the address on the verso, the letter is sent by Paulos to his "lords and fathers Nepheros, Kolobos and Protos", here with "greetings in god". Paulos expresses gratitude that they have chosen him to serve them with business transactions and informs them that he bought some oil (20 sextarii) and gives the price he paid. In exchange, he asks them to be remembered in their prayers with his children.
Recto: cursive, slightly slanting to the right; final salutations are put on the right and written in a faster hand; use of nomina sacra; space fillers / final ν replaced with supralinear stroke at the end of lines. The writing runs parallel with the fibres.
Verso: address, parallel with the fibres.
|Selection criteria||Mention of Christian cult officials/institutions, Mention of Christian individuals/communities, Christian terms/formulas/concepts, Christian onomastics, Nomina sacra|
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).
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