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E04108: Coptic Letter from the monastery of Apa Apollo at Bawit (Middle Egypt), invoking Apa *Apollo (founder of the monastery, 00160) for protection of the addressee; datable to the 8th century.

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posted on 05.10.2017, 00:00 by gschenke
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The letter was written by a representative of the monastery of Apa Apollo to a representative of a village.
Line 4 reads as follows:

ⲁⲡⲁ ⲁⲡⲟⲗⲗⲱ ⲉⲃⲁ̣ⲣⲟⲉⲓⲥ ⲉⲣⲱⲧⲛ ϫⲓⲛⲉ ⲡⲛⲟϭ [ϣⲁ ⲡⲕⲟⲩⲓ

‘Apa Apollo, may he watch over you from the greatest [to the smallest.’


(Text: S. J. Clackson/A. Delattre modified; trans.: G. Schenke)

History

Evidence ID

E04108

Saint Name

Apa Apollo (founder of the monastery at Bawit, 4th century ) : S00160

Saint Name in Source

ⲁⲡⲁ ⲁⲡⲟⲗⲗⲱ

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Letter 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

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Prayer/supplication/invocation

Source

The fragmentary papyrus document BL Or. 6201 B105 is kept at the British Library in London. The dating is based on palaeographical grounds.

Discussion

For similar invocations in different letters from the monastery of Apa Apollo at Bawit see E04107.

Bibliography

Text and Translation: Clackson, S.J., Coptic and Greek Texts relating to the Hermopolite Monastery of Apa Apollo (Oxford, 2000), 68–70.

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