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Artefact ID745
TM IDTM 34338
Findspot (DEChriM ID)1   (Dūš)
Writing mediumOstracon
Text contentDocumentary

O.Douch I 2: Private letter.

Letter addressed by someone whose name is lost to his/her lord father Papnouthis, requesting help for "our brother Abraam" who is in awful poverty and needs food supplies.

(Corrections in Cuvigny 1988: 85).

Selection criteriaChristian onomastics
Date from375
Date to425
Dating criteria

Palaeography, dossier connection (onomastics, monetary and metrological information, indictional dates) and archaeological context, see Cuvigny and Wagner 1986: ix-x and Carrié 2004: 262-263. 

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Unknown position (Cuvigny 1988: 85).

Accession number

Cairo, Coptic Museum; Dūš, excavations IFAO 1976 without inv. number.


Editio princeps

• Cuvigny, Hélène and Guy Wagner. 1986. Les ostraca grecs de Douch, vol. I. Documents de Fouilles 24/1. Cairo: Ifao, no. 2 (pl. in vol. II).

Additional bibliography

• Carrié, Jean-Michel. 2004. "Portarenses (douaniers), soldats et annones dans les archives de Douch, Oasis Major". In Mélanges d'antiquité tardive : studiola in honorem Noël Duval, edited by C. Balmelle, P. Chevalier et G. Ripoll. Turnhout, 261-274.

• Cuvigny, Hélène. 1988. "O.Douch I : Addenda et corrigenda." In Les ostraca grecs de Douch, vol. II, edited by H. Cuvigny and G. Wagner. Cairo: Ifao, 85-88.

• Gascou, Jean and Guy Wagner. 1978. "Les ostraca grecs de Douch", In "Douch - Rapport préliminaire de la campagne de fouilles 1976". BIFAO 78, 28-32.

Valérie Schram, 2021
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, 2021, "Artefact ID 745", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,