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Artefact ID543
TM ID87194
Findspot (DEChriM ID)34   (Ǧabal al-Ṭārif)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

P.NagHamm. C 5

Letter from Aphrodis(ios) to Sansnos in Coptic (L) written on the back of a letter written to Aphrodisios (P.NagHamm. C 4), asking to purchase wheat as he himself is unable due to sickness, he ask the recipient to get some money from one person and give a part of the sum to anther, since he is on the brink of death

Selection criteriaMention of Christian individuals/communities, Christian terms/formulas/concepts, Coptic language
Date from325
Date to375
Dating criteria

Found in the cartonnage of the book bindings in the cover of Nag Hammadi Codex VII

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context-
Accession number

Cairo, Coptic Museum, Nag Hamm. VII 94 c Vso + Nag Hamm. VII 95 c Vso + Nag Hamm. VII 96 c Vso


Editio princeps

• Barns †, John Wintour B., Gerald M. Brown, and John C. Shelton. 1981. Nag Hammadi Codices: Greek and Coptic Papyri From the Cartonnage of the Covers, Nag Hammadi Studies XVI. Leiden: Brill, 133-134 & 137-138.

Additional bibliography

• Choat, Malcolm. 2017. "Monastic Letters on Papyrus from Late Antique Egypt." In Writing and Communication in Early Egyptian Monasticism, edited by Malcolm Choat and Maria Chiara Giorda, 33-36 [17–72]. Leiden & Boston: Brill.

• Lundhaug, Hugo, and Lance Jenott. 2015. The Monastic Origins of the Nag Hammadi Codices, Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum 97. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 46-54 esp. 47-53 & 104-145 esp. 129-130.

• Piwowarczyk, Przemysław, and Ewa Wipszycka. 2017. "A Monastic Origin of the Nag Hammadi Codices?" Adamantius 23: 432-458.

Matthias Müller, 2021
Suggested citation
Matthias Müller, 2021, "Artefact ID 543", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,