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E06150: Greek oracle question from unknown Egyptian provenance addressing *Kosmas and Damianos (brothers, physicians and martyrs of Syria, S00385) inquiring with respect to the benefits of a healing bath; datable to the 6th/7th century.

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posted on 20.08.2018, 00:00 by gschenke
P.Amst. 1.22:

Ἅγιοι Κοσμᾶ καὶ Δαμιαν[έ] κελεύεται τὸν δοῦλον ὑμῶν [ ] Γεροντίου λούσηται [ ]

‘Saint Kosmas and Damianos, … order your servant […, son of] Gerontios, to bathe himself, …’


(Text: R. P. Salomons, P. J. Sijpesteijn and K.A. Worp; trans.: G. Schenke)


History

Evidence ID

E06150

Saint Name

Kosmas and Damianos, brothers, physician martyrs of Syria : S00385

Saint Name in Source

Κοσμᾶς καὶ Δαμιανός

Type of Evidence

Documentay texts - Divinatory texts and oracle questions Liturgical texts

Language

Greek

Evidence not before

500

Evidence not after

699

Activity not before

500

Activity not after

699

Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

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

Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Liturgical Activity

  • Other liturgical acts and ceremonies

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Incubation

Cult Activities - Cult Related Objects

Water basins

Source

The fragmentary papyrus document is kept at the papyrus collection in Amsterdam.

Bibliography

Text and translation: Salomons, R. P., Sijpesteijn, P. J., and Worp,K. A., Die Amsterdamer Papyri, vol. 1, (Stud.Amst. XIV) (Zutphen, 1980). Papaconstantinou, A., "Oracles chrétiens dans l'Egypte byzantine: le témoignage des papyrus," Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 104 (1994), 281–286, esp. 283.

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