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Artefact ID53
TM IDTM 108117
Findspot (DEChriM ID)23   (al-Šayḫ ʿIbāda)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary
LanguageGreek, Coptic

Two palimpsest bifolia, part of a parchment codex. The scriptio inferior (TM 108117) preserves fragments of a still unedited anti-Manichaean treatise written in Lycopolitan Coptic in two narrow columns. The scriptio superior (TM 61688 / LDAB 2839) contains the following sections of texts in Greek: an overview of the lengths of the days and nights in the Egyptian months (f. α, p. 1), a dialogue between Basil of Caesarea and Gregory of Nazianz (f. α, pp. 2–4), and a fragment of the Apocalypse of John (f. β, pp. 1–4). The later texts are dated by P. Orsini to the mid 6th c. (Cavallo, Maehler 1987: 64; Orsini 2019: 148-149).

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Theological), Coptic language
Date from300
Date to399
Dating criteria

Palaeography and dialect.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Discovered during the Florentine excavations in Antinoopolis in 1937.

Accession number

Florence, Istituto Papirologico 'G. Vitelli' PSI Inv. 2462



Additional bibliography

• Cavallo, G. and H. Maehler. 1987. Greek Bookhands of the Early Byzantine Period A.D. 300 - 800, Bulletin Supplement 17. London: University of London, Institute of Classical Studies, 64 and pl. 28b.

van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens, Publications de la Sorbonne. Série Papyrologie 1. Paris: Publications de la Sorbonne, 567 & 629.

• Orsini, Pasquale. 2019. Studies on Greek and Coptic Majuscule Scripts and Books, Studies in Manuscript Culture 15. Berlin & Boston: De Gruyter, 148-149.

• Simon, Jean. 1946. "Note sur le dossier des textes subakhmimiques." Le Muséon 59, 497-509: 506.

Victor Ghica, 2021
Suggested citation
Victor Ghica, 2021, "Artefact ID 53", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,