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E04175: Coptic ostracon from western Thebes (Upper Egypt) with a letter addressing a living saint (S00518); datable to the first half of the 8th century.

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posted on 19.10.2017, 00:00 by gschenke
O.Frange 437:

This letter beginning most likely addresses a monastic authority and refers to him as a saint/holy man.
Lines 1–6 of this document read as follows:

⳨⳨⳨ ϣⲟⲣⲡ ⲙⲉⲛ
ⲙⲡϣⲁϫⲉ ⲛⲧⲁⲙⲛⲧⲉⲗⲁ-
ⲭⲓⲥⲧⲟⲥ ⲉⲥϩⲁ ⲉⲡⲣⲟⲥ-
ⲕⲩⲛⲉⲓ ⲛⲧⲉⲕⲙⲛⲧⲉⲓ-
ⲱⲧ ⲉⲧⲧⲁⲉⲓⲏⲩ ⲉⲙⲁ-
ⲧⲉ ⲡⲡⲉⲧⲟⲩⲁⲁⲃ ⲛ̣[ⲁⲙⲉ?]

‘Before the message of my utmost humility, I write bowing before your very honourable paternity, [truly?] holy one …’


(Text: A. Boud'hors and Ch. Heurtel; trans.: G. Schenke)

History

Evidence ID

E04175

Saint Name

Unnamed saints (or name lost) : S00518

Saint Name in Source

ⲡⲡⲉⲧⲟⲩⲁⲁⲃ

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Letter Late antique original manuscripts - Ostracon/Pot-sherd

Language

Coptic

Evidence not before

700

Evidence not after

750

Activity not before

700

Activity not after

750

Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Thebes

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

Thebes Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - monastic

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Prayer/supplication/invocation

Source

The ostracon inv, O.292202 is a fragment of an amphora and was found during a season of the Belgian excavation at the Theban necropolis. It is part of the archive of the monk Frange who inhabited the tomb of Amenemope (TT29) in the Valley of the Kings.

Bibliography

Text and French translation: Boud'hors, A., and Heurtel, C., Les ostraca coptes de la TT 29. Autour du moine Frangé (Études d'archéologie thébaine 3; Brussels, 2010), 278–279.

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