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E02226: Greek loan granted to a leather cutter by the church of *Viktor (son of Romanos, Egyptian martyr, S00749) in the city of Arsinoe (Fayum); dated 5 February 579.

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posted on 2017-01-06, 00:00 authored by dlambert
P.Harrauer 54, lines 4–7 read as follows:

τῇ ἁγίᾳ ἐ̣κ̣κ̣λ̣ησίᾳ τῆ̣[ς Ἀ]ρ̣σ̣ινοει-
τῶν πόλ̣ε̣ω̣ς̣ [τ]ο̣ῦ̣ με̣γ̣[ά]λ̣ου ἁ̣γ̣ί̣ο̣υ̣
μάρτυρος Β̣ί̣κ̣τ̣[ορο]ς διὰ σοῦ τοῦ
ταύτης̣ [ -3-4- ]  ̣ο  ̣ο̣υ̣ Κομήτου

'To the holy church of the city of Arsinoe, (the church) of the great holy martyr Viktor, represented through you, its [deacon/oikonomos?], Kometes …'

(Text and German trans.: F. Mitthof, Engl. trans.: G. Schenke)

A complete record of the text, with images, can be found at:;;54


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Viktor, son of Romanos, Egyptian martyr, ob. 303–311 : S00749

Saint Name in Source

μάρτυρ Βίκτ[ωρ]

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Other private document



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)

Arsinoe Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - independent (church)

Cult Activities - Protagonists in Cult and Narratives

Ecclesiastics - lesser clergy Merchants and artisans


The papyrus document P.Vindob. G. 20551 is housed at the papyrus collection in Vienna.


The leather cutter Aurelius Pusis, son of Menas, from the city of Arsinoe acknowledges to the church of the martyr Viktor to have received a loan of nearly two gold coins (solidi) from a cleric representing the local church of Viktor as the moneylender. The terms and conditions of this loan were listed, but are now largely lost.


Edition: Mitthof, F., "54. Darlehen einer Kirche an einen Lederschneider," in: B. Palme (ed.), Wiener Papyri als Festgabe zum 60. Geburtstag von Hermann Harrauer (P.Harrauer) (Vienna, 2001), 189–198.

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