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E04076: Coptic Letter from the monastery of Apa Apollo at Bawit (Middle Egypt), concerning a matter involving an unnamed saint (S00518); datable to the 8th century.

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posted on 25.09.2017, 00:00 by gschenke
P.Mon. Apollo 56:

This very fragmentary letter seems to have been sent from the monastery of Apa Apollo to the hands of a deputy (topoteretes). The reason for this message remains obscure.
Line 5 reads as follows:

ⲛⲡⲡⲉⲧⲟⲩⲁⲁⲃ [ⲁⲩⲡⲱ]ⲧ ⲉⲣⲟⲛ ϫⲉ ϣⲁⲛⲡⲣⲟⲥⲕⲩⲛ[ⲉⲓ ⲙⲙⲟϥ?]

'… for the saint. [They hurried?] to us, since we regularly worship [him?] …'

(Text: S. Clackson; trans.: G. Schenke)

History

Evidence ID

E04076

Saint Name

Saints, unnamed or name lost : S00518

Type of Evidence

Late antique original manuscripts - Papyrus sheet

Language

Coptic

Evidence not before

700

Evidence not after

799

Activity not before

700

Activity not after

799

Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Bawit

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

Bawit Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - monastic

Source

The papyrus document P.Camb. UL Green I belongs to the Cambridge University Library. Only the top left hand part of the document has been preserved.

Bibliography

Text: Clackson, S.J., Coptic and Greek Texts relating to the Hermopolite Monastery of Apa Apollo (Oxford, 2000), 132–133.

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