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Artefact ID634
TM IDTM 62054
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

P.Rainer Cent. 26; P.Schøyen I 18 (P.Schoyen I 18)

Parchment fragment from a miniature codex containing Psalms 118:22-40.

Fragment measures 13.5 x 8 cm (originally approx. 15 x 13 cm) and contains 26 lines of text written in a stichic arrangement in one column. The parchment is of fine quality, slightly translucent and with visible framing-lines. The flesh-side precedes the hair-side.

The hand is described as a neat Biblical mauscule.

The text was later reused as binding (see also P.Schøyen I 14).

According to Römer, the editio princeps (P.Rainer Cent. 26) is preferrable to the reedition (P.Schøyen I 18) as concerns the line division and layout of the transcript; see Römer 2005: 339.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Biblical)
Date from350
Date to450
Dating criteria

Palaeography. Dated to the 4/5 th century in the, and delineated to the beginning of the 5th c. by P. Orsini; See Orsini 2005: 118-119.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Provenance is unknown.

Accession number

Oslo, Private collection Schøyen MS 2631. The fragment was previously kept in Vienna as part of the private collection of Fackelmann 11 (previous).


Reference edition:

∙ Agosti, Gianfranco. 2005. Papyri Graecae Schøyen I. Pintaudi, R., ed. Florence. 59-62, papyrus no. 18.

Editio princeps:

∙ Niederwimmer, Kurt. 1983. Festschrift zum 100-jährigen Bestehen der Papyrussammlung der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek, Papyrus Erzherzog Rainer. Vienna. 270-271, papyrus no. 26 and plate no. 48.

Additional bibliography:

∙ Orsini, Pasquale, and Edoardo Crisci, eds. 2005. Manoscritti in maiuscola biblica: materiali per un aggiornamento. Rome. 118-119.

∙ Rahlfs, Alfred and Detlef Fraenkel. 2004 (1914). Verzeichnis der griechischen Handschriften des Alten Testaments. Göttingen. 444, no. 2178.

∙ Römer, C. 2005. "223a". Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete 51 (2). 339-340.

∙ Treu, Kurt. 1985. "223a". Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete 31. 60.

Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 634", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,