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E00163: Greek lease from Herakleopolis (Middle Egypt) mentioning a church of Apa *Menas (soldier and martyr of Abu Mena, S00073); dated 29 March 604.

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posted on 08.11.2014, 00:00 by Bryan
P.Erl. 73

A lease from Herakleopolis with the date 29 March 604, concerns a house situated in the quarter of Saint Menas, as stated in lines 18–19:

ἐν τῇ αὐτ[ῇ] Ἡρακλέους πόλει ἐν λαύρᾳ ἐκκλησ[ί]ας Ἀββᾶ Μηνᾶ

'in the same city Herakleopolis, in the quarter of the church of Abba Mena'


Full text available under: http://papyri.info/ddbdp/p.erl;;73

Translation: Gesa Schenke

History

Evidence ID

E00163

Saint Name

Menas, soldier and martyr Abu Mena : S00073

Saint Name in Source

Μηνᾶ

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Lease or rental document

Language

Greek

Evidence not before

604

Evidence not after

604

Activity not before

604

Activity not after

604

Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Herakleopolis

Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Herakleopolis Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Source

P.Erl. 73, a complete papyrus document.

Discussion

The church is mentioned as defining a certain part of the city in which a leased house is situated.

Bibliography

Edition: Schubart, W., Die Papyri der Universitätsbibliothek Erlangen (Leipzig: O. Harrasowitz, 1942). Further reading: Papaconstantinou, A., Le culte des saints en Égypte des Byzantins aux Abbassides (Paris: CNRS, 2001), 146–149 (full range of documentary evidence on Menas, 146-54).

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