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Artefact ID724
TM IDTM 64385
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

BKT VI 6.8;

A bifolio from a miniature codex containing an acrostic hymn.

The papyrus fragment is nearly intact, and measures 6 x 4.5 cm. It preserves 7 and 8 lines of text on the first folio  and 8 lines of text in the second folio (both sides; the folios are conjoined).

The text presents the end of an acrostic hymn (verses tau through omega) to the Good Shepherd, and ends on a doxology. The scribe appears to operate with two metrical modi; the quantitative system of old, and the newer system that is based on accentuation. All preserved verses end on paroxytons (acute accentuation of the penultimate syllable).

The beginning of the stanzas is marked by an obelos, and the end of the stanza is marked by a cross.

Selection criteriaSubliterary genre (Liturgical)
Date from300
Date to399
Dating criteria

Palaeography. The ed. pr. places the hymnal bifolio in the 4th c. There is also a possibility that the fragment belongs to the 5th c.; see Mihálykó (2019): 81, 102, 159, 192f., 247f. and 290.

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Provenance is unknown, but as the fragment was acquired in the Arsinoites (Fayûm) in 1887, the Arsinoites is a possible provenance.

Accession number

Berlin, Staatliche Museen, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung P. 8299


Editio princeps:

∙ Schmidt, Carl and Wilhelm Schubart. 1910. Berliner Klassikertexte VI: Altchristliche Texte. Berlin. 125-126, papyrus no. 8.

Additional bibliography:

Dihle, Albrecht. 1954. "Die Anfänge der griechischen akzentuierenden Verskunst". Hermes 82. 182-99.

∙ Geerard, Maurice. 1983. Clavis Patrum Graecorum. Volume I. Turnhout: Brepols. Description no. 1358.

∙ Heitsch, Ernst. 1963. Die griechischen Dichterfragmente der römischen Kaiserzeit vol. I. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. 160, no. XLV 3.

∙ Mihálykó,  Ágnes T. 2019. The Christian Liturgical Papyri: An Introduction. Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum 114. Tübingen. 81, 102, 159, 192f., 247f. and 290.

∙ van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens. Paris. Description no. 728.


Sofia Heim, 2021
Suggested citation
Sofia Heim, 2021, "Artefact ID 724", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,