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Artefact ID558
TM IDTM 699681
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

Papathomas 2015: 91-97.

Parchment fragment containing Ezechiel 12:16-19 and 23-25.

The fragment (measuring 5,4 x 4,8 cm) is medium brown in color and broken off all around. The ink is black. The text begins on the hair side of the folio and continues on the flesh side, and preserves parts of Ezechiel. The two-column format indicates that the fragment belonged to a codex, and not as e.g. an amulet; see ed. pr. 

The text does not add to or diverge from the manuscript witnesses, but contributes to the small amount of Ezechiel papyrus/parchment copies from Christian Egypt: this group currently consists of this fragment, as well as P.Grenf. I 5 (Ezek 5:12–6:3 from the early 4th c.; Arsinoties) and Aland AT 146 (inter alia Ezek 11:25-17:21, 19:12-39.29 from the late 2/mid-3rd c., Aphroditopolis) and the parchment fragments P.Ant. I 10 (4th c., Antinoopolis) and P.Ant.inv. 25.1.06 (second half of the 4th c., Antinoopolis).

The script is an elegant Biblical majuscule, and the text contains nomina sacra.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Biblical), Nomina sacra
Date from350
Date to450
Dating criteria

Palaeography. The ed. pr. places the elegant Biblical majuscule in the mid-4th giving the comparanda of P.Ryl. III 504 (text by Philistus Syricanus from the 1st half of the 4th c.; provenance N/A) and P.Amh. II 24 (text of Demosthenes, 2nd half of the 4th c.; provenance N/A), to the mid-5th c.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Possibly from Middle or Upper Egypt.

Accession number

Vienna, Nationalbibliothek G 31289


Editio princeps

∙ Papathomas, Amphilochios. 2015. "Ezechiel 12, 16–19 und 23–25 in einem griechischen Pergament aus Ägypten". Tyche 30, 91-97 and pl. 14.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 558", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,