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E02153: Coptic land lease contract from Hermopolis (Middle Egypt), addressed to the juridical body (dikaion) of a monastery of *Theodore (probably the soldier and martyr of Amaseia and Euchaita, S00480), from which the field is leased, datable to the 7th century.

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CPR 4 117:

A deacon from Hermopolis (Schmun) addresses the monastery of Theodore represented through another deacon fixing the lease of a field and its terms for the duration of three years.

Line 6:

ⲉⲓⲥϩⲁⲓ ⲙⲡ]ⲇⲓⲕ[ⲁ]ⲓⲟⲛ ⲛⲡⲁϫⲟⲉⲓⲥ ⲫⲁⲅⲓⲟⲥ ⲑⲉⲟⲇⲱⲣ[ⲟⲥ ?

'… I am writing to the] dikaion of my lord, the saint Theodore …'

Text and German translation: W.C. Till. English translation: G. Schenke.

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Evidence ID

E02153

Saint Name

Theodore, soldier and martyr of Amaseia and Euchaita : S00480

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Lease or rental document

Language

Coptic

Evidence not before

600

Evidence not after

699

Activity not before

600

Activity not after

699

Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Hermopolis

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

Hermopolis Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places Named after Saint

  • Monastery

Source

The papyrus document K 3122 is housed at the papyrus collection in Vienna. The document is dated on palaeographical grounds.

Bibliography

Text and translation: Till, W.C., Corpus Papyrorum Raineri IV (CPR IV): Die koptischen Rechtsurkunden der Papyrussammlung der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, 1958), 112–113. Mention: Papaconstantinou, A., Le culte des saints en Égypte des Byzantins aux Abbassides (Paris: CNRS, 2001), 424.

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