papyrus / document
Papyrus: a few letters from the first 6 lines of this Coptic text are preserved. The papyrus fibres are twisted. Document issued by a member of the monastery.
- Found/Acquired: Egypt
- Height: 5.5 centimetres (approx.)
- Width: 8 centimetres (approx.)
Inscription Translation(1) I brother ('pason') Phoib[amon (?) ... of]
(2) the 'Topos' of Apa Apollo ... [...]
(3) in the region of Rakote, he (sic) g[reets NN the mo-]
(4) nk(s) of this sam[e?] 'topos' [ ...
Mounted with 1996,0608.9-14Palaeography: a competent, slightly right-sloping majuscule.
Provenance: written by a monk of the Monastery of Apa Apollo for which the acquisition details suggest a Hermopolite context.
This text mentions the 'region of Rakote', which may be connected with the monastery in some way.
There may well have been other places called Rakote apart from the most famous one, Alexandria, but note that Quaegebeur, J., 1974. ‘Inventaire des steles funéraires Memphites d’époques ptolémaique’. CdE 49, 66-7 n. 1) re-read the Memphite place name 'Rʿ-qd' (alternatively read as 'Rʒ-qd' or 'Rwt-iswt') as 'Rwt-iswt'. Another Rakote may be identified in the place name which is recorded in the Delta, possibly near to Ibshadi (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, 2195 Raguda). A Hermopolite context is suggested , which may be translated 'the region of Rakota'.
fair (incomplete - fragmentary)
Ancient Egypt & Sudan
- P.Mon.Apollo 66
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Object reference number: YCA72128
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