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E02166: Greek order for the transport of lentils by boat into the Fayum (Lower Egypt), mentioning an institution dedicated to *Alexandros (perhaps Alexandros, bishop of Alexandria, ob. 326/328, S00733); dated 7 December 608.

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posted on 2016-12-21, 00:00 authored by gschenke
CPR 10 2, lines 1–10:

☧ Κων̣σταντῖνος
Ἰωάννῃ ἀπαιτ(ητῇ) Πτολε(μαίδος).
παράσχου τὰ βληθ(έντα)
εἰς τὸ ἁλιάδ(ιον) τοῦ δεσπό-
του ἡμῶν τοῦ ἁγίου Ἀλεξάνδρ(ου)
καὶ πεμ(φ)θ(έντα) ἐν τῷ Ἀρσινοεί-
τι (καὶ) ὀφ(ει)λό(μενα) πραθ(ῆναι) δ(ιὰ) Ἱερ(ημία)
παιδ(ὸς)   ̣  ̣  ̣ φακ(ῆς) (ἀρτάβας) ρλβ μ(όνον)·
γί(νονται) φακῆς ἀρτάβ(αι) ἑκατὼν
τριάκοντα δύο μό(νον) †

'Konstantinos to John, the apaitetes von PtolemaIs. Hand out the 132 artabas of lentils which are intended to be loaded onto the boat of our lord, saint Alexandros, to be sent to the Arsinoites, and to be sold by the servant Hieremias. Total: 132 artabas of lentils'

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

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Evidence ID


Saint Name

Alexandros, martyr in Egypt, ob. 250/1 : S00223 Alexandros, bishop of Alexandria, ob. 326 or 328 : S00733

Saint Name in Source

Άλέξανδρος Άλέξανδρος

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Other private 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

Arsinoites (Fayum)

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

Arsinoites (Fayum) Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified


The complete papyrus document P.Vindob. G 2149 belongs to the papyrus collection in Vienna.


The document is part of a larger archive concerning the activities of John, the apaithtes, edited by B. Palme (CPR 10 1–16). It has been suggested that the monastery or church of Alexander was located by the canal, since it owned a boat. Other monasteries, such as the one of Apa Apollo at Bawit, however, show monastic activity at a harbour, even though the monastery itself was located further inland.


Edition: Palme, B., "1.–16. Archiv des Johannes ΑΠΑΙΤΗΤΗΣ", in: H. Harrauer et al. (ed.), Corpus Papyrorum Raineri X, Griechische Texte VII (Vienna, 1986), 21–56. Mention: Papaconstantinou, A., Le culte des saints en Égypte des Byzantins aux Abbassides (Paris: CNRS, 2001), 424.

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