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Artefact ID66
TM IDTM 832440
Findspot (DEChriM ID)26   (Dayr al-Ḥammām)
Writing mediumCodex, Uncertain
Text contentLiterary

P.Lond.Copt. I 269; P.Fay.Copt. 4

Parchment fragment written in Coptic (Sahidic dialect) containing a homily or narrative (subject obscure).

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Theological), Coptic language
Date from300
Date to399
Dating criteria

Dated by Kahle 1954 to the fourth century, likely on both palaeographic and linguistic grounds. Crum 1893 had already noted archaic scripta, such as diaeresis on consonantal i, djinkim on word-initial pre-tonic e, etc.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

According to Crum, the fragment was found during Flinders Petrieʼs excavations at Dayr al-Ḥammām, in the Fayyūm, in 1889.

Accession number

London, British Library Or. 5297(1)


Editio Princeps

• Crum, W.E. 1893. Coptic Manuscripts brought from the Fayyum by W.M. Flinders Petrie, Esq. D.C.L. together with a Papyrus in the Bodleian Library. London: D. Nutt, 6-8.

Additional Bibliography

• Crum, W.E. 1905. Catalogue of the Coptic Manuscripts in the British Museum. London, 120.
• Kahle, Paul Eric. 1954. Bala'izah. Coptic Texts from Deir El-Bala'izah in Upper Egypt I, 237. London: Oxford University Press.

Mary Jane Cuyler, Victor Ghica, 2020, 2021
Suggested citation
Mary Jane Cuyler, Victor Ghica, 2020, 2021, "Artefact ID 66", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,
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