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E04139: Coptic ostracon from Hermonthis (Upper Egypt) with a letter asking for prayers and announcing the shipment of vegetables as a donation to Apa *Jeremias (S00773); datable to the 7th/8th century.

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+ ϯⲟⲩⲱϣⲧ ⲉⲛ[ⲟⲩⲉⲣⲏⲧⲉ ⲛ-?]
ⲧⲉⲕⲙⲛⲧⲉⲓⲱⲧ ⲉ̣[ⲧⲧ(ⲁⲓⲏⲩ)?]
ϯⲡⲁⲣⲁⲕⲁⲗⲉ ⲛⲧ[ⲉⲕⲙⲛⲧ-]
ⲉⲓⲱⲧ ⲉⲧⲣⲉⲕⲣⲡⲁⲙⲉⲉ[ⲩⲉ]
ϩⲛ ⲛⲉⲕϣⲗⲏⲗ ⲉⲧⲟⲩⲁⲁ[ⲃ]
ⲉⲓⲥ ⲡⲓⲕⲟⲩ ⲛⲟⲩⲟⲧⲉ
ⲁⲓⲧⲛⲛⲟⲟⲩϥ ⲛⲧⲉⲕ-
ⲙⲛⲧⲉⲓⲱⲧ ϯⲁⲥⲡⲁ-
ⲍⲉ ⲙⲡⲡⲉⲧⲟⲩⲁⲁⲃ
ⲁⲡⲁ ⲉⲣⲉⲙⲓⲁⲥ
ⲁⲩⲱ ϯⲁⲓⲧⲉⲓ ⲙⲙⲟϥ ⲉϣⲗⲏⲗ ⲉϫⲱⲓ

‘I worship at [the feet of?] your esteemed paternity. I am asking your fatherhood to make you remember me in your holy prayers.
Behold, I have sent your paternity some vegetables and I am greeting the saint Apa Jeremias. I am entreating him to pray for me.’

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

History

Evidence ID

E04139

Saint Name

Jeremias, Enoch, and Sibylla : S00773

Saint Name in Source

ⲁⲡⲁ ⲉⲣⲉⲙⲓⲁⲥ

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Letter 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 - monastic

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Bequests, donations, gifts and offerings

Source

The potsherd KO 702 is kept at the papyrus collection in Vienna. Its dating is based on palaeographical grounds.

Bibliography

Text and German translation: Till, W.C., Die koptischen Ostraka der Papyrussammlung der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek (Vienna: H. Böhlaus, 1960), 69.

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