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E02231: Greek order for payment of wine, from Oxyrhynchos (Middle Egypt), mentioning a door keeper to an institution dedicated to *John (presumably either the Apostle and Evangelist, S00042, or the Baptist, S00020), dated to the year 503.

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posted on 06.01.2017, 00:00 by Bryan
P.Oxy. 1 141 (= SPP 8 1155)

Order from John, a comes, to his servant Phoibammon to make wine payments to various individuals, among whom is a doorkeeper of a church or monastery dedicated to John.

Lines 3–4 read as follows:

τῷ θυρουρ(ῷ) τοῦ ἁγίου
Ἰωάννου διὰ Φῖβ συμμάχ(ου) δι(πλοῦν) α,

'For the doorkeeper of saint John, through Phib, the symmachos, one double jar (of wine).'


(Text: B.P. Grenfell and A.S. Hunt, trans.: G. Schenke)

A complete record of the text, with images, can be found at:

http://papyri.info/ddbdp/p.oxy;1;141

History

Evidence ID

E02231

Saint Name

John the Evangelist : S00042 John the Baptist : S00020

Saint Name in Source

Ἰωάννης

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Other private document Late antique original manuscripts - Papyrus sheet

Language

Greek

Evidence not before

503

Evidence not after

503

Activity not before

503

Activity not after

503

Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Oxyrhynchos

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

Oxyrhynchos Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified

Source

The papyrus 10096 is located in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo.

Discussion

The payments are made in double jars (dipla) of wine. Other recipients are a carpenter, a policeman, as well as fishermen and guards. The 'John' of this shrine is presumably either the Apostle and Evangelist, or the Baptist, but there is no indication which.

Bibliography

Edition: B. P. Grenfell and A. S. Hunt, The Oxyrhynchus Papyri vol. I, Published by the Egypt Exploration Society in Graeco-Roman Memoirs, London 1898, 226–227.

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