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E04267: Coptic document from the area of Hermopolis (Middle Egypt) with a letter addressing issues concerning the monastery at the ‘place’ of Apa *Bane (S01696); datable to the first half of the 7th century.

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posted on 30.10.2017, 00:00 by gschenke
P.Ryl.Copt. 320

The beginning of this long letter mainly concerning tax payments begins as follows:

⳨ ⲕⲩⲣⲁⲕⲟⲥ ⲡⲉⲧⲥϩⲁⲓ ⲛⲡⲥⲁϩ ⲇⲓⲟⲛⲩⲥⲏ ϫⲉ ϩⲁⲑⲏ ⲙⲉⲛ ⲛϩⲱⲃ ⲛⲓⲙ ϯϣⲓⲛⲉ ⲉⲣⲱⲧⲛ ⲁⲩⲱ ⲉⲡⲓⲇⲏ ⲁⲓⲃⲱⲕ ⲁⲓⲁⲛⲁⲕⲁⲍⲉ ⲛⲑⲉⲛⲉⲉⲧⲉ
ⲛⲡⲙⲁ ⲛⲁⲡⲁ ⲃⲁⲛⲉ ⲉⲧⲃⲉ ⲡⲕⲱⲙⲏⲕⲁⲑⲏⲕⲏⲥ

‘It is Kyrakos who writes to the scribe Dionyse. Before anything I greet you. I went and constrained the monastery at the place of Apa Bane with respect to the village official (?) …’


(Text: W. E. Crum, trans.: G. Schenke)

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Evidence ID

E04267

Saint Name

Bane, Apa Bane abbot : S01696

Saint Name in Source

ⲁⲡⲁ ⲃⲁⲛⲉ

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Letter Late antique original manuscripts - Papyrus sheet

Language

Coptic

Evidence not before

600

Evidence not after

650

Activity not before

600

Activity not after

650

Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Hermopolis

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

Hermopolis Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - monastic

Source

The papyrus document is housed at the collection of the John Rylands Library in Manchester. The dating is on palaeographical grounds.

Bibliography

Text and translation: Crum, W.E., Catalogue of the Coptic Manuscripts in the Collection of the John Rylands Library (Manchester, 1909), 149–151.

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