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Artefact ID707
TM IDTM 59948
Findspot (DEChriM ID)30   (al-Ašmūnayn)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary


Papyrus fragment containing parts of Eusebius Historia ecclesiastica 6:43.7-8 and 11-12.

The small fragment 7 lines of text on the recto and the verso. The folio is estimated to have contained 37 lines of text per page originally.

The text contains marked breathings and accentuation (rough breathing in l. 5, recto and l. 5 verso; grave accent in l. 6, recto; acute accent in l. 6, verso).

After the publication of the ed. pr., the text was identified as part of Eusebius's Church history by J. Callaghan; see ref. ed.

The fragment is possibly the first papyrus witness of this work, or of its preliminary stage, and contains parts of a letter from the Roman bishop Cornelius to Bishop Fabius of Antioch; see Treu 1978: 154. 

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Theological)
Date from350
Date to399
Dating criteria

Palaeography. The ed. pr. placed the fragment in the end of the 3rd / beginning of the 4th c. It has since been dated to the second half of the 4th c.; see Lenaerts 1983: 276 n. 5.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

The provenance is Hermoupolis Magna (al-Ašmūnayn), where it was excavated by Otto Rubensohn in 1905/06.

Accession number

Berlin, SMPK Egyptian Museum, P. 17076.


Reference edition:

O'Callaghan, José. 1975. "Eusebio: Historia eclesiástica VI 43,7–8. 11–12 en PBerl. inv. 17076". Studia Papyrologica 14. 103-108.

Editio princeps:

∙ Müller, Wolfgang. 1974. "Bruchstücke untergegangener griechischer Literatur". Festschrift zum 150 jährigen Bestehen des Berliner Ägyptischen Museums. Berlin. 405, record no. 17

Additional bibliography:

∙ Aland, Kurt. 1995. Repertorium der Griechischen Christlichen Papyri. II. Kirchenväter. Kirchenväter 22.

∙ Lenaerts, J. 1983. Festschrift zum 100-jährigen Bestehen der Papyrussammlung der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek, Papyrus Erzherzog Rainer. Vienna. 276, note 5.

∙ Müller, Wolfgang. 1976. "Über PBerl. Inv. 17076". Studia Papyrologica 15. 150-151.

∙ Treu, Kurt.  1978. "Christliche Papyri IV". Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete 26. 154, record no. 649.


Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 707", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,