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E01185: Coptic acknowledgement of a debt made to the head of a female monastery of *Kollouthos (physician and martyr of Antinoopolis, S00641), most likely located in the area of Antinoopolis/Hermopolis (Middle Egypt), written in the 7th c.

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posted on 2016-03-11, 00:00 authored by gschenke

A man from a rural locality in the district of Hermopolis acknowledges a debt over 30 measures of wine addressed to the female representative of the monastery/place of *Kollouthos.

P.MilVogl 4.copt. 1, lines 1–3:

ⲁⲛⲟⲕ ϩⲏⲗⲓⲁⲥ ⲡϣⲛⲛⲁⲃⲣⲁϩⲁⲙ ⲡⲣⲱⲙⲡⲙⲁ ⲛⲉⲣⲱⲙⲣⲁⲥⲓ ϩⲛ ⲧϣⲱϣⲉ ⲛⲡⲉϫⲁⲗ ϩⲙ ⲡⲧⲟϣ ⲛϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ ⲉⲓⲥϩⲁⲓ ⲛⲧⲥⲁϩ ⲧⲁⲕⲁⲡⲉ ⲧⲣⲱⲙⲡⲙⲁ ⲛⲫⲁⲅⲓⲟⲥ ⲕⲟⲗⲗⲟⲩⲑⲟⲥ ϫⲉ ⲧⲓⲭⲣⲉⲱⲥⲧⲓ ⲛⲏ ⲛⲙⲁⲁⲃ ⲛⲕⲁⲧⲟⲩⲥ ⲛⲏⲣⲡ

'I, Elias, son of Abraham, from a locality in the district of Hermopolis, I am writing to the mistress Tagaph, the woman of the place of Saint Kollouthos, that I owe you thirty kados vessels of wine.'

(Text: A. Vogliano; trans.: G. Schenke)


Evidence ID


Saint Name

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

Saint Name in Source

ⲫⲁⲅⲓⲟⲥ ⲕⲟⲗⲗⲟⲩⲑⲟⲥ

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Other private document



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

  • Monastery

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Bequests, donations, gifts and offerings

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Women Ecclesiastics - abbots Ecclesiastics - monks/nuns/hermits


The papyrus is kept at the University of Milan.


Whether this monastery dedicated to Kollouthos was located near Hermopolis or across the Nile at Antinoopolis, possibly near the famous healing shrine of the saint remains unknown.


A. Vogliano, Papiri della Università degli studi di Milano IV (P.MilVogl 4) (Milan, 1967).

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