Papyrus: the left-hand side of the first 9 lines of this text are preserved on the verso. It was joined to a larger, unrelated, Coptic papyrus letter in antiquity, possibly for book-binding purposes. Another unconnected fragment of papyrus has been attached to the recto, bearing two lines of text, the second of which may have contained the formula, which is reconstructed in line 8 of the text below. Tithe collection contract/guarantee.
- 8thC (script)
- Height: 13 centimetres
- Width: 18.5 centimetres
Inscription Positionfront and back
Inscription Translation(1) I, the scribe [NN, the monk of the 'Topos' of Apa Apollo]
(2) in the region of Shm[oun the city of the nome, am writing to NN, the monk of this same 'topos'.]
(3) Whereas [.,.] have [agreed with ... to give ... so that ... collect ... t-]
(4) ithe for A[pa NN for the harvest of this same year so that ... gives the pactum/demosion]
(5) which is [...
(6) of] the measure [...
(8) ...] without judgme[nt, without law, and without any objection ...
Mounted with 1996,0608.15-20Palaeography: a competent, flowing, semi-cursive hand with some serifs.
Provenance: the acquisition details for this text suggest that its place of origin may have been the Hermopolite monastery of Apa Apollo.
Very little information can be gathered from this fragmentary tithe collection text, which was probably drawn up in the monastery. Its author may have been a scribe.
fair (incomplete - fragmentary)
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- P.Mon.Apollo 15
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Object reference number: YCA72136
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