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Artefact ID554
TM IDTM 80753
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumUncertain
Text contentLiterary, Uncertain

Mertens-Pack 02799.050; Benedetti / Grandolini (2003): 297-301

The fragment is quite small (measuring 4.5 cm wide and 5 cm tall) and preserves 10 lines on the verso, and 8 lines on the recto. The script is somewhat different on both sides of the fragment, but the ed. pr. insists that both recto and verso have been written by the same scribe.

The verso appears to contain a Christian physiognomy, and presents words of discomfort or physical disabilities, such as τυφλός "blind" and κωφός "mute" (see l. 5-6).

The recto, due to the stylistic aspects and lexicon of l. 2-3 and 7-8, also appears to have a text with Christian connections. The topic appear to be pedagogical. 

The text does not contain any diacritical marks or punctuation. A line-final nu is abbreviated in l. 6 recto. 

Selection criteria-
Date from200
Date to399
Dating criteria

Palaeography. Due to the rightleaning hand in the Severe style, the ed. pr. places the fragment in the 3/4 c. 

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Provenance is unknown.

Accession number

Trieste, Private collection, inv. Daris P. 241


Editio princeps:

∙ Daris, Sergio. 2003. "Frammento letterario anonimo." In Studi di filologia e tradizione greca in memoria di Aristide Colonna, edited by Francesco Benedetti and Simonetta Grandolini. Studi e ricerche di filologia classica. Napoli: Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane. 297-301.

Additional bibliography:

∙ Daris, Sergio. 2012. "Su qualche toponimo dell'Ossirinchite." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik (ZPE) 180. 263-266. 

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 554", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,