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E01146: Papyrus from Hermopolis (Middle Egypt) with Greek and Coptic scribal exercises, mentioning an oratory of Abba *Theodore 'Stratelates' (general and martyr of Amaseia and Euchaita, S00136), written in the 8th century.

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posted on 2016-02-24, 00:00 authored by Bryan
CPR 4 34

The papyrus displays a large collection of Greek and Coptic model phrases for delivery contracts written by one and the same scribe.

CPR 4 34,41–42:

[δίκαιο]ν εὐαγοῦς εὐκτηρίου τοῦ ἁγίου καὶ ἀθρηφόρου καὶ στρατηλάτου ἄββ[α] Θ[εοδ]ώρου τ[ῶν ἀγο]ραίον

'… the [dikaion?] of the sacred oratory (eukterion) of the saint and prize-bearer (ἀθλοφόρου) and Stratelates Abba Theodore [of those] on the agora.'

Text: Till 1958. Translation: Gesa Schenke.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Theodore 'Stratelates', general and martyr of Amaseia and Euchaita : S00136 Theodore, soldier and martyr of Amaseia and Euchaita : S00480

Saint Name in Source


Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Other private document


  • Greek

Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc


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

Hermopolis Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified


CPR 4 34 is a fragmentary papyrus belonging to the Papyrus Collection in Vienna, inv. K 4912B. The handwriting of the document has been dated to the 8th century.


The fact that phrases involving an oratory of Abba Theodore Stratelates were practised, suggests that this oratory was the addressee of multiple contracts and other written documents and therefore much involved in economic matters, an aspect to which its location 'on the market place' likewise points.


Editions: Till, W.C., Corpus Papyrorum Raineri IV (CPR IV): Die koptischen Rechtsurkunden der Papyrussammlung der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, 1958), 39–42. Harrauer, H., and Sijpesteijn, P.J., Neue Texte aus dem antiken Unterricht (Vienna, 1985), 102–103. Further reading: Papaconstantinou, A., Le culte des saints en Égypte des Byzantins aux Abbassides (Paris: CNRS, 2001), 96-100, 423.

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