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E02160: Coptic document of unknown Egyptian provenance mentioning an organisation dedicated to *Michael (the Archangel, S00181), datable to the 7th/8th century.

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CPR 4 195, line 2–5 (at the start of the text):

† ⲡⲇⲓⲕⲁⲓⲟⲛ ⲙⲡⲉⲫⲓⲗⲟⲡⲟⲛⲓⲟⲛ ⲙⲡⲁⲣⲭⲁⲅⲅⲉⲗⲟⲥ ⲙⲓⲭⲁⲏⲗ [ -ca.?- ]
ⲙ̣ⲡⲏⲓ ⲉⲡⲉⲡⲓⲥⲕⲟⲡⲟⲥ ϩⲓⲧⲟⲟⲧ̣ϥ ⲡⲁⲡⲁ ⲅⲉ̣ⲣⲅⲟⲣⲉ [ⲡⲇ]ⲓ̣ⲁⲧ̣ⲟⲭⲟⲥ
ⲙⲛ ⲁⲙⲙⲱⲛⲉ ⲡⲁⲣⲭⲏⲅⲉ̣ⲣⲟⲛ ⲙⲛ ⲡⲥⲉⲉⲡⲉ ⲛⲛⲉⲫ̣ⲓ̣ⲗ̣ⲟ̣ⲡⲟⲛ̣ⲟⲥ
ⲛⲡⲓⲫⲓⲗⲟⲡⲟⲛⲓⲟⲛ ⲛⲟⲩⲱⲧ ⲛⲥϩⲁⲓ ⲛⲛⲉⲕⲗⲏⲣⲟ̣ⲛ̣ⲟ̣ⲙ̣ⲟ̣ⲥ̣

'The dikaion of the charity (philopneion) of the archangel Michael […] at the house for the bishop, represented through you, Apa George, the diadochos, and Ammone, the archigeron, and the rest of the charitable labourers of the same charity, we are writing to the heirs … '

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

A full record of this document can be found at:

http://papyri.info/ddbdp/cpr;4;195

History

Evidence ID

E02160

Saint Name

Michael, the Archangel : S00181

Saint Name in Source

ⲡⲁⲣⲭⲁⲅⲅⲉⲗⲟⲥ ⲙⲓⲭⲁⲏⲗ

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Other private document

Language

Coptic

Evidence not before

600

Evidence not after

799

Activity not before

600

Activity not after

799

Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

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

Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places Named after Saint

  • Hospital and other charitable institutions

Source

This fragmentary papyrus document K 5611 belongs to the papyrus collection in Vienna. The document is dated on palaeographical grounds.

Discussion

The dikaion (committee) of the philoponeion of Michael is issuing this document to the heirs of a deceased man. The dikaion, if not the entire philoponeion seems to be located at a house of a bishop. Unfortunately, the actual content of the document following the formal introduction is largely lost.

Bibliography

Text and translation: Till, W.C. Corpus Papyrorum Raineri IV (CPR IV): Die koptischen Rechtsurkunden der Papyrussammlung der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, 1958), 177. Mention: Papaconstantinou, A., Le culte des saints en Égypte des Byzantins aux Abbassides (Paris: CNRS, 2001), 424.

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Evidence -  The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity

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