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E02210: Greek deed of surety from the village of Aphrodito (Upper Egypt), mentioning a sub-deacon of a monastery of Apa *Horouonchios (martyr, S01187) as a guarantor; dated to AD 552-53.

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posted on 2017-01-03, 00:00 authored by gschenke
P.Cairo Masp. 1 67094, line 18–19:

Four inhabitants of Aphrodito answer to the pagarch Julian of Antaiopolis for the person of a monk called Enoch. If they are unable, the guarantors will pay six nomismata. Belongs to the archive of Dioscoros of Aphrodito.

Πέτρος Ἀ̣π̣ο̣λλ[ῶτος, ὑ]ποδιάκ(ονος) το(ῦ) ἁγίο(υ) τόπο(υ) Ἄπα Ὡρο(υ)ωγχίο(υ) μάρτυρος,
ἐγγυο͂μα̣ι̣ [τὸ]ν προκ(είμενον)

'Petros, son of Apollos, sub-deacon of the holy topos of Apa Horouonchios, the martyr, I guarantee the aforesaid … '

Text: J. Maspero. Translation: G. Schenke.

A complete record of the text, as well as images, can be found at:;1;67094


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Herouodj, martyr together with Moui : S01187

Saint Name in Source

Ἄπα Ὡρο(υ)ώγχιο(ς)

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


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

Aphrodito Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified


The papyrus document JE40867 belongs to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.


Whether the topos mentioned here is a monastery or a shrine (or both) remains unclear. The same saint can be found in E02156, E02158, E02208, E02209, E02211, and E02212.


Edition: Maspero, J., Papyrus grecs d'époque byzantine, Catalogue général des antiquités égyptiennes du Musée du Caire I (Cairo, 1911). Mention: O'Leary, De L., Saints of Egypt (London: SPCK, 1937), 151. Papaconstantinou, A., Le culte des saints en Égypte des Byzantins aux Abbassides (Paris: CNRS, 2001), 222–223.

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