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E02150: Greek receipt from Oxyrhynchos (Middle Egypt) for a donation to a church of *Thekla (presumably the follower of the Apostle Paul, S00777), dated 9 March 587.

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posted on 2016-12-19, 00:00 authored by gschenke
P.Oxy. 16 1993 and P.Oxy. 70 App. 1993

John, the deacon and oikonomos (steward) of the church of Thekla, issues this receipt to the heirs of Flavius Apion for the amount of four artabas of wheat. The text ends as follows:

Lines 18–28:
διάκονος καὶ οἰκονόμος
τῆς ἁγίας Θ[έ]κλας υἱὸς τοῦ
μακαρίου Π̣έτρος ἀπὸ τῆς
αὐτῆς πόλεως. ὁμολογῶ
εἰληφαίναι καὶ πεπληρῶσθ(αι)
παρὰ τῆς ὑμῶν ὑπερφυείας
τὴν ἁγίαν προσφορὰν τῆς
σὺν Θεῷ ἕκτης ἐπινεμήσεω\ς/,
τουτέστιν σίτου καγκέλ(λῳ)
ἀρτάβας τέσσαρα

'I, John, deacon and steward of (the church of) Saint Thekla, son of the blessed Petros from the same city (of Oxyrhynchos), I acknowledge to have received and been paid from your excellence the holy donation of the, God willing, sixth indiction, that is four artabas of wheat by cancellus measure.'

Back of the document:
† ἀπόδειξ(ις) τοῦ εὐλαβ(εστάτου) Ἰωάννου διακ(όνου) οἰκ(ονόμου) τῆς ἁγί(ας) Θέκλας σί(του) κ(αγκέλλῳ) (ἀρταβῶν) δ.

'Receipt of the most pious John, deacon (and) steward of (the church of) Saint Thekla, for 4 artabas of wheat by cancellus measure.'

Text and translation: N. Gonis/T. M. Hickey.

For a full record of this document complete with image see:;16;1993


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Thekla, virgin martyr from Assiut : S00777

Saint Name in Source


Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Donation 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)

Oxyrhynchos Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Bequests, donations, gifts and offerings


This document, P.Cair.Cat. Gen. 10098, was given a short first description in P.Oxy 16 1993.


The donation of 4 artabas of wheat roughly equals the amount of 160 kilos.


Text and translation: Gonis, N., and Hickey, T.M., "1993. Receipt for a Donation to a Church," in: N. Gonis, J.D. Thomas, and R. Hatzilambrou (eds.), The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 70 (London, 2006), 144–146. Description: B.P. Grenfell, A.S. Hunt, and H.I. Bell, '1993' in: The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Volume 16 (London, 1924) 235.

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