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E06816: Coptic rent agreement from Hermopolis (Middle Egypt), mentioning a monastery dedicated to *John the Baptist (S00020) and a confraternity presumably of the same saint; datable to the 8th century.

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P.Lond.Copt. I 1023 = BM 1023

The fragmentary document mentions the institution and the confraternity in line 2–3 as follows:

ⲛⲫⲁⲅⲓⲟ]ⲥ ⲓⲱϩⲁⲛⲏⲥ ⲙⲡⲡⲉⲣⲓⲡⲟⲧⲏⲥ ϩⲓⲧⲛ ⲁⲡⲁ . . . . ⲡ]ⲇⲓⲁⲇⲟⲭⲟⲥ ⲙⲛ ⲡⲥⲉⲉⲡⲉ ⲙⲡⲉⲫⲓⲗⲟⲡⲟⲛ[ⲟⲥ]

‘… of saint] John in the Peripatos, represented through Apa …, the diadochos, and the rest of the confraternity …’


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

History

Evidence ID

E06816

Saint Name

John the Baptist : S00020

Saint Name in Source

ⲓⲱϩⲁⲛⲏⲥ

Type of Evidence

Late antique original manuscripts - Papyrus sheet Documentary texts - Lease or rental document

Language

Coptic

Evidence not before

700

Evidence not after

799

Activity not before

700

Activity not after

799

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

Cult activities - Places Named after Saint

  • Monastery

Source

The papyrus document BM Or. 5999 is kept in the British Museum in London and was dated on palaeographical grounds.

Discussion

For the same institution see E06815 and E02163.

Bibliography

Text and comments: Crum, W.E., Catalogue of the Coptic Manuscripts in the British Museum (P.Lond.Copt. I) (London, 1905), 426.

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