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E02167: Greek order for a payment in wine, from the Fayum, to be made to the reader of a church of *John (presumably either the Baptist, S00020, or the Apostle and Evangelist, S00042); datable to the 5th century.

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posted on 2016-12-21, 00:00 authored by dlambert
CPR 10 42

† Ἀθανασίῳ ὁ Πάπας πέντε
κνήδια οἴνου Φεντεμὶν παράσχ(ου) εἰς ἀναλώμ(ατα)
τῷ κυρ(ίῳ) τῷ ἀναγνώστ(ῃ) τοῦ ἁγίου
Ἰωάννου Ἀλεξάνδρ(ου) δι(πλᾶ) ε μό(νον)
5
Φαῶφι κγ ὀγδόης ἰνδ(ικτίωνος)
(hand 2) † ἐσειμιοσάμεν δι(πλᾶ) ε

'(The) Papas to Athanasios. Give five knidia of wine from Phentemin for expenses to the lord, the reader of saint John of Alexandrou (Nesos), 5 dipla only.
5
Phaophi 23 of the eighth indiction.
(2nd hand) I have signed for 5 dipla.'


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

A full record of the document complete with image is available at:

http://papyri.info/ddbdp/cpr;10;42

History

Evidence ID

E02167

Saint Name

John the Baptist : S00020 John, the Apostle and Evangelist : S00042

Saint Name in Source

Ἰωάννης Ἰωάννης

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Other private document

Language

  • Greek

Evidence not before

400

Evidence not after

499

Activity not before

400

Activity not after

499

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 - independent (church)

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - lesser clergy

Source

The papyrus P.Vindob. G 15621a belongs to the papyrus collection in Vienna. The document has been dated on palaeographical grounds.

Discussion

Both, Phentemin and Alexandru (Nesos) are localities in the Fayum. Whether Papas here is a personal name or the title of the head of a monastery remains unclear. Knidia and dipla are here used as synonyms. Since this payment seems to be intended to cover the expenses for the reader, one might assume this to be the reader of a church of John.

Bibliography

Edition: Hameter, W., "42. Zahlungsanweisung," in: H. Harrauer et al. (ed.), Corpus Papyrorum Raineri X, Griechische Texte VII (Vienna, 1986), 90–91. Mention: Papaconstantinou, A., Le culte des saints en Égypte des Byzantins aux Abbassides (Paris: CNRS, 2001), 424.

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