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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 Meletian context probably due to the mention of imprisonment of the addressed group.

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, University of Michigan, 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).

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