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Artefact ID582
TM IDTM 86453
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentDocumentary

P.Mich.Copt. 5

Letter from Daniel, son of Phoibammon, to 'his brother' Bane, son of Theodosios in Coptic (S) with only address on verso, greeting him and 'his brother' Apollo, and the little Phoibammon, as well as others unnmamed, rejoicing that they have escaped imprisonment, and hoping to see them or hear from them. Some of the names reappear in P.Mich.Copt. 6..

Ed. princ. surmised a Melitian context, probably due to the mention of imprisonment of the addressed group (see also Choat 2001: 98 and n. 36).

Christian cryptogram ΧΜΓ and staurogram at the top of the letter.

Selection criteriaMention of Christian individuals/communities, Christian terms/formulas/concepts, Christian symbols/gestures/isopsephy, Coptic language
Date from375
Date to425
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Accession number

Ann Arbor, Michigan University, Library P. 4553 [P.Mich. inv. 4553]


Editio princeps

• Worrell, William Hoyt in: Worrell, William Hoyt. 1942. Coptic Texts in the University of Michigan Collection, University of Michigan Studies. Humanistic Series 46. Ann Arbor & London: The University of Michigan Press & Humphrey Milford, The Oxford University Press, 180-182 & pl. IV.

Additional bibliography

• Calament, Florence, and Anne Boud'hors. 2015. "Pour une étude des archives coptes de Medinet el-Fayoum (P.Louvre inv. E 10253, E 6893, E 6867 et * 7395)." In From Bāwīṭ to Marw. Documents from the Medieval Muslim World, edited by Andreas Kaplony, Daniel Potthast and Cornelia Römer, Islamic History and Civilization. Studies and Texts 112, 23–58. Leiden & Boston: Brill, 27 note 14 (from Middle Egypt).

• Choat, Malcolm. 2001. "Fourth-century monasticism in the papyri", In Akten des 23. Internationalen Papyrologenkongresses Wien, 22-28. Juli 2001, edited by B. Palme, Vienna: Verlag der Oesterreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 95-101.

Matthias Müller, Valérie Schram, Victor Ghica, 2021, 2023
Suggested citation
Matthias Müller, Valérie Schram, Victor Ghica, 2021, 2023, "Artefact ID 582", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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