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Artefact ID544
TM IDTM 87195
Findspot (DEChriM ID)34   (Ǧabal al-Ṭārif)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

P.NagHamm. C 6

Fragmentarily preserved letter from Papnoute to his 'beloved father' Pahôme in Coptic (S) the contents of which cannot be restituted due to state of preservation

Note that Lundhaug & Jenott (2015: 135-138) consider the piece to be from an autograph letter sent to the famous abbot Pachomius from his administrator Papnoute, but see Piwowarczyk & Wipszycka (2017: 437)

Selection criteria-
Date from325
Date to375
Dating criteria

From the cartonnage of Nag Hammadi codex VII

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Accession number

Cairo, Coptic Museum Nag Hamm. VII 97c


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, 139-141.

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. 47-48 & 104-145 esp. 129-132 and 135-138.

• 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 544", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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