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E02164: Greek list concerning grain payments for cleaning services at saints feasts, mentioning the feast of Apa *Sion (Arsinoite saint, S01177), from the region of Hermopolis (Middle Egypt) or the Fayum (Lower Egypt); datable to the 5th century.

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posted on 2016-12-21, 00:00 authored by gschenke
CPR 9 68

βρέπιων καθάρ(σεως)
ἐν ἡμέρ(ᾳ) τοῦ ἁγίου ἄπα Σίωνος
σίτ(ου) (ἀρτάβαι) β
ἐν ἡμέρ(ᾳ) τοῦ ἁγίου ἄπ̣[α   ̣  ̣  ̣]
[σ]ί̣[τ(ου) (ἀρτάβαι) -ca.?- ]
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'List of cleaning (activity) as follows:
On the feast day of saint Apa Sion: two artabas of wheat.
On the feast day of saint Apa […]: […] artabas of wheat.

Text and German translation: W.C. Till. English translation: G. Schenke.

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Evidence ID


Saint Name

Sion or Apasion : S01177

Saint Name in Source

ἄπα Σίων

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - List


  • Greek

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 Arsinoites (Fayum)

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

Hermopolis Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis Arsinoites (Fayum) Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Festivals

  • Saint’s feast


The papyrus P.Vindob. G 25430 is housed at the papyrus collection at Vienna. The inventory number suggested a provenance from the area of Hermopolis, although a saint Apa Sion or Apasion is so far only attested in the area of the Fayum (Arsinoites). The text has been dated to the 5th century on palaeographical grounds.


The payments mentioned here in measures of wheat are mentioning the place of cleaning, most likely the church or monastery of Apa Sion rather than a town district or street named after the saint. The recipients of the payment are not mentioned. A monastery of Apa Sion is known from the area of the Fayum, see E02180 , as well as E02181


Edition: Diethart, J.M., Corpus Papyrorum Raineri vol. 9, Griechische Texte 6 (Vienna, 1984), 87–88. Mention: Papaconstantinou, A., Le culte des saints en Égypte des Byzantins aux Abbassides (Paris: CNRS, 2001), 191.

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