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E01148: Coptic acknowledgement from the area of Hermopolis/Antinoopolis (Middle Egypt), mentioning a hospital and an oratory of *Kollouthos (physician and martyr of Antinoopolis, S00641), located by the city gate, datable to the 7th c.

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posted on 2016-02-24, 00:00 authored by gschenke
CPR 4 198:

The document, though very fragmentary, seems to promise donations following the death of a man named Kollouthos, son of Rodake. The donation seems to concern land for cultivation and is to be made to the hospital and oratory of his name saint, Kollouthos of Antinoopolis.

CPR IV 198,16–17:

[ -ca.?- ]ⲁϥⲟ[  ̣  ̣] ⲛⲟⲩ[- ca.4 -]ⲉⲁ ⲙⲡⲇⲓⲕⲁⲓⲟⲛ ⲙⲡⲛⲟⲥⲟⲕⲟⲙⲓⲟⲛ
[ -ca.?- ⲉⲩ]ⲕ̣ⲧⲏⲣ̣[ⲓ]ⲟ̣ⲛ ⲉ[ⲧⲟⲩⲁ]ⲁⲃ ⲙⲫⲁⲅⲓⲟⲥ ⲕⲟⲗⲗⲟⲩⲑ̣ⲉ̣ ⲛⲧⲡⲩⲗⲏ

“[…] … […] … […] to the dikaion of the hospital (νοσοκομεῖον) […] holy oratory of saint Kollouthos by the gate.”

(Text and German trans.: W. Till, Engl. trans.: G. Schenke)

A full record of the text is available at:;4;198


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Kollouthos, physician from Antinoopolis (Middle Egypt), ob. early 4th cent. : S00641

Saint Name in Source

ⲫⲁⲅⲓⲟⲥ ⲕⲟⲗⲗⲟⲩⲑ̣ⲉ̣

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Other private document


  • Coptic

Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica Egypt and Cyrenaica

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Hermopolis Antinoopolis

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

Hermopolis Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis Antinoopolis Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places Named after Saint

  • Hospital and other charitable institutions


CPR 4 198 is a fragmentary papyrus belonging to the Papyrus Collection in Vienna, inv. K 4928. The handwriting of the document has been dated to the 7th century.


The fragmentary papyrus document leaves many questions open as to the exact nature and parameters of the legal contract. What seems to be clear is that a donation of land for cultivation is to be made following the donor’s death. A topos is mentioned to whose representatives the document seems to be addressed. It might be possible to assume that this is a monastery responsible for the hospital and oratory of *Kollouthos, rather than a separate institution benefiting from a donation.

Bibliography;4;198 Papaconstantinou, A., Le culte des saints en Égypte des Byzantins aux Abbassides (Paris: CNRS, 2001), 424. Till, W.C., Corpus Papyrorum Raineri IV (CPR IV): Die koptischen Rechtsurkunden der Papyrussammlung der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek (Vienna, 1958), 178–180.

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