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E06144: End of a Greek letter of unknown Egyptian provenance, mentioning a pilgrimage to *Phoibammon (presumably the soldier and martyr, S00080) accompanied by an *Amonia (S02300); datable to the 6th century.

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posted on 19.08.2018, 00:00 by gschenke
SB 12 11014

The sender of the letter refers to his upcoming boat trip to the place of saint Phoibammon bringing with him either a female living saint or an icon.

Lines 1–4 of the remains of the letter read as follows:

καταξίωσον δὲ δέσποτα εὔξασθαι
ὑπὲρ ἐμοῦ ἐπειδὴ καταπλεῦσαι ἔχω
εἰς τὰ τοῦ ἁγίου ἄπα Φοιβάμμωνος μετὰ τῆς
κυρ\ί/ας μου τῆς ἁγίας Ἀμωνίας.

'Please my lord, pray for me as I am sailing down to the place of the holy Apa Phoibammon together with my lady, saint Amonia.'


(Text: S. Daris; trans.: G. Schenke)

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History

Evidence ID

E06144

Saint Name

Phoibammon, soldier and martyr of Assiut : S00080 Amonia : S02300

Saint Name in Source

ἄπα Φοιβάμμων Ἀμωνία

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Letter Late antique original manuscripts - Papyrus sheet

Language

Greek

Evidence not before

500

Evidence not after

599

Activity not before

500

Activity not after

599

Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

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

Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified

Cult activities - Places Named after Saint

  • Church

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Prayer/supplication/invocation

Cult activities - Use of Images

  • Private ownership of an image

Source

The papyrus document P. Med. 69.53 is kept at the Università Cattolica in Milan.

Bibliography

Text and translation: Bilabel, F., Kiessling, E., and Rupprecht, H.-A., Sammelbuch griechischer Urkunden aus Aegypten, vol. 12 (Wiesbaden, 1976—1977).

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