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E05987: Coptic ostracon from Deir el-Bahari (Upper Egypt) with a letter addressed to the abbot of the monastery of *Phoibammon (soldier and martyr of Assiut, S00080); datable to the beginning of the 7th century.

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posted on 18.07.2018, 00:00 by gschenke
O.Crum 332

The letter is addressed to Apa Biktor, the abbot of the monastery of Phoibammon.

Lines 1–5 of the document read as follows:

+ ⲕⲱ ⲛⲁⲓ ⲉⲃⲟⲗ ϫⲉ ⲙⲡⲉⲓϭⲛ ⲭⲁⲣⲧⲏⲛ ⲧⲁⲁⲥ ⲙⲡⲑⲉⲟⲫⲓⲗ(ⲉⲥⲧⲁⲧⲟⲥ) ⲛⲥⲟⲛ [ⲁ]ⲡⲁ ⲃⲓⲕⲧⲱⲣ ⲡⲉⲡⲣⲟⲉⲥⲧⲱⲥ [ⲛ]ⲫⲟⲓⲃⲁⲙⲙⲱⲛ

'Forgive me because I have not found papyrus (to write on). Give it to the most God pleasing brother, Apa Biktor, the proestos [of] Phoibammon.'

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

History

Evidence ID

E05987

Saint Name

Phoibammon, soldier and martyr of Assiut : S00080

Saint Name in Source

ⲫⲟⲓⲃⲁⲙⲙⲱⲛ

Type of Evidence

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

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

Deir el-Bahari

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

Deir el-Bahari Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - monastic

Cult activities - Places Named after Saint

  • Monastery

Source

This ostracon is kept at the British Museum in London, inv. 32849.

Bibliography

Text and translation: Crum, W.E., Coptic Ostraca from the Collections of the Egypt Exploration Fund (London, 1902), pp. 59 and 66. = O.Crum

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