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E04131: Coptic ostracon from Hermonthis (Upper Egypt), mentioning an institution dedicated to Philotheos (child martyr of Antioch, S00878); datable to the 7th/8th century.

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In this document the cultivation of property is agreed giving the extent of the property in question. The area to be cultivated borders on that of Saint Philotheos. The owner of the land is a deacon quite possibly from the same institution dedicated to Philotheos.

Lines 7–8 read as follows:

ⲉⲣⲏⲥ ϣⲁ ⲡϫⲱⲕ ⲙⲡⲁⲧⲟϣ ⲛⲁⲓ ⲉⲧⲁⲛϩⲏⲅⲉⲓ ⲉⲡϩⲁⲅⲓⲟⲥ ⲫⲓⲗⲟⲑ(ⲉⲟⲥ)

‘… to the south up to the end of my boundary (with) these which belong to saint Philotheos.’


(Text: W. C. Till; trans.: G. Schenke)

History

Evidence ID

E04131

Saint Name

Philotheos, child martyr of Antioch : S00878

Saint Name in Source

ⲫⲓⲗⲟⲑ(ⲉⲟⲥ)

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Other private document Late antique original manuscripts - Ostracon/Pot-sherd

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, village, etc

Hermonthis

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

Hermonthis Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified

Source

The potsherd KO 587 is kept at the papyrus collection in Vienna. The dating is on palaeographical grounds.

Bibliography

Text and German translation: Till, W.C., Die koptischen Ostraka der Papyrussammlung der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek (Vienna: H. Böhlaus, 1960), 13.

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