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E02077: Greek letter concerning vegetable seeds and gardening issues of unknown Egyptian provenance, employing an epistolary formula expressing hope for the help of God and the saints (unnamed, S00518), datable to the early 6th century.

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posted on 2016-12-06, 00:00 authored by gschenke
CPR 25 10, line 3:

μικρὸ̣ν πωμάριο̣ν̣ [ -4-5- ]ο̣ φι̣λοκαλέσαι, τοῦ δεσπότου θεοῦ κελεύοντος καὶ τῶν ἁγίω̣[ν -ca.?- .]

'… you take care of the little garden, if the the Lord God and the saints command it …'

(Text and German trans.: A. Papathomas, Engl. trans.: G. Schenke)


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http://papyri.info/ddbdp/cpr;25;10

History

Evidence ID

E02077

Saint Name

Anonymous saints : S00518

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Letter Late antique original manuscripts - Papyrus sheet

Language

  • Greek

Evidence not before

500

Evidence not after

525

Activity not before

500

Activity not after

525

Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

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

Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Prayer/supplication/invocation

Source

The fragmentary papyrus document P.Vindob. G. 26699 is housed at the papyrus collection in Vienna. The document is dated on palaeographical grounds.

Discussion

At the end of the line one could assume either particular names of one or more specific saints, or the word 'all' to have been lost.

Bibliography

Edition: Papathomas, A., Fünfunddreissig griechische Papyrusbriefe aus der Spätantike, Corpus Papyrorum Raineri (CPR) XXV, (München - Leipzig, 2006), 58–63.

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