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E02309: Greek order for wine, from Oxyrhynchos (Middle Egypt), issued by a church to a steward of an institution dedicated to Apa *Philoxenos (saint with cult at Oxyrhynchos, S00443); dated 24 January 487.

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posted on 2017-02-02, 00:00 authored by gschenke
P.Oxy. 16 1950:

An order for payment issued by a church to a steward (pronoetes) of Apa Philoxenos, to deliver to an assistant in the office of the exactor 4 double jars of wine for the festival of Tybi.

Line 1 reads as follows:

☧ ἡ ἁγία ἐκκλ(ησία(?)) τῷ εὐλαβ(εστάτῳ) Σερήνῳ πρ(εσβυτέρῳ) πρ(ονοητῇ) ἄπα Φιλοξένου.

'The holy church to the most pious Serenos, presbyter (and) pronoetes of Apa Philoxenos.'

(Summary and text: B. P. Grenfell, A. S. Hunt, and H. I. Bell, trans.: G. Schenke)

A complete record of the document with images and bibliography can be found at:;16;1950


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Philoxenos, saint at Oxyrhynchos : S00443

Saint Name in Source

ἄπα Φιλόξενος

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Letter Late antique original manuscripts - Papyrus sheet


  • 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)

Oxyrhynchos Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Bequests, donations, gifts and offerings


The papyrus document was found at Oxyrhynchos and is now housed in the Sackler Library at Oxford.


Edition: Grenfell, B.P., Hunt, A.S., and Bell, H.I., The Oxyrhynchus Papyri XVI, published by the Egypt Exploration Society in Graeco-Roman Memoirs (London, 1924), 218.

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