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E04178: Coptic ostracon from western Thebes (Upper Egypt) with a letter mentioning *Thekla (presumably the virgin and martyr of Assiut, S00777, if not the follower of the Apostle Paul , S00092); datable to the early 7th century.

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posted on 19.10.2017, 00:00 by gschenke
O.Frange 785:

The beginning of this letter is lost. It was most likely written by the monk Mark who addresses Psate. The message concerns the saint Thekla, though seemingly not her feast, but rather the production or copying of a hagiographical text relating to her.

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[  ̣  ̣  ̣] ⲯⲁⲧⲉ ∶ ⲉⲧⲃⲉ
ⲑ̣ⲁⲅⲓⲁ ⲇⲉ ⲑⲉⲕⲗⲁ ⲁⲣⲓ
ⲧⲉⲕⲥⲡⲟⲩⲧⲏ ⲧⲏⲣⲥ
ⲥⲙⲛ ⲡⲉⲕϩⲏⲧ ⲉ-
ϩⲟⲩⲛ \ⲉⲣⲟⲥ/ ⲛ<ⲅ>ⲧ̣ⲟ̣ⲕ ⲛⲧⲉ-
ⲕϭⲓϫ ϣⲁⲛϯ-
ⲉⲓ ⲉϩⲟⲩⲛ ⲟⲩ-
ϫⲁ ϩⲛ ⲧϭ-
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ⲟⲙ ⲛⲧⲉ-
ⲧⲣⲓⲁⲥ
ⲉⲧⲟⲩ-
ⲁⲁⲃ

‘…] … [… writing to my brother] Psate. Concerning saint Thekla, focus all your attention, set your heart onto her, and strengthen your hand, until I arrive. Farewell in the power of the Holy Trinity.’


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

A complete record of the text is available at:

http://papyri.info/ddbdp/o.frange;;785

History

Evidence ID

E04178

Saint Name

Thekla, virgin and martyr of Assiut : S00777 Thekla, follower of the Apostle Paul : S00092

Saint Name in Source

ⲑⲉⲕⲗⲁ ⲑⲉⲕⲗⲁ

Type of Evidence

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

Language

Coptic

Evidence not before

600

Evidence not after

625

Activity not before

600

Activity not after

625

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

Composing and translating saint-related texts

Source

The ostracon inv. O.291095 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), 420–421.

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