papyrus / document
Papyrus: on recto, the right-hand side of 7 lines of what may be the beginning of this Coptic text is preserved. The papyrus is crumpled, hence the approximate nature of the dimensions given above. Contract for tithe or pactum collection, issued in the Hermopolite nome to the monastery of Apa Apollo.
- 7thC (script)
- Found/Acquired: Egypt
- Height: 7.3 centimetres
- Width: 10 centimetres
Inscription Positionrecto and verso
Inscription Translation(1) ...]...[....
(2) [... and my] brother Helias, the fathers of the 'dia-
(3) [ko]nia' of the 'Ma' of Apa Jeremias,
(4) [we are wjriting to brother ('pason') Klouj and bro-
(5) ther ('pason') O]uenober, the monks
(6) [of the 'to]pos' of Apa Apollo. Where-
(7) [as] we gave you Percie(se)
Mounted with 1996,0608.30-32Palaeography: a large, irregular, but fairly competently written majuscule, with few ligatures. M, N, and Ѡ are wide, and sometimes also H, K, Π, and X.
Provenance: this text was issued from the 'Ma' of Apa Jeremias to monks of the Monastery of Apa Apollo. The acquisition details suggest a Hermopolite context. The place name mentioned in l. 7 may be Percie in the Hermopolite nome or Perciese in the Faiyum.
This document is very fragmentary, but it may be related to other tithe collection texts from the same collection. Fathers of the 'diakonia' of the 'Ma' of Apa Jeremias address two monks belonging to the Monastery of Apa Apollo, to whom they may have assigned a place called Percie or Perciese (l. 7).
Percie, which is possibly the more likely interpretation here, may be identified with el-Burgaya, about 6.5 km north of el-Minya in the Hermopolite nome (Timm, S. (ed.), 1984-1992. ‘Das christlich-koptische Ägypten in arabischer Zeit : eine Sammlung christlicher Stätten in Ägypten in arabischer Zeit, unter Ausschluss von Alexandria, Kairo, des Apa-Mena-Klosters (Dēr Abū Mina), der Skētis (Wādi n-Naṭrūn) und der Sinai-Region’. 6 vols. Wiesbaden : Reichert, 449-50 al-Burgaya). It is possibly mentioned in two Bawit inscriptions: 'The holy Apa Eudaimon, martyr, of Percaie' (Maspero, J., and Drioton, E., 1932-43. ‘Fouilles executes à Baouît’. MIFAO 59, 1-2 [fascicles dated 1932, 1943; title pages dated 1931], no. 389) and 'brother ('pason') Hor of Percai' (Maspero and Drioton, 1932-43, no. 398). Till, W.C. (ed.), ‘Die koptischen Rechtsurkunden der Papyrussammlung der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek’. Vienna : Holzhausen, 206.6 records the place name which may be Percie.
fair (incomplete - fragmentary)
- Named in inscription: Monastery of Apa Apollo
- (Africa,Egypt,Western Desert,El-Bawiti,Monastery of Apa Apollo)
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- P.Mon.Apollo 19
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