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E02350: Greek declaration, from Oxyrhynchos (Middle Egypt), concerning the theft of a silver plate, mentioning a church of *Thekla (presumably the follower of Paul, S00092), datable to the 6th century.

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posted on 2017-02-10, 00:00 authored by gschenke
P.Oxy. 24 2419

This fragmentary document is a declaration concerning the theft of a silver plate. The witness here seems to state that he accompanied someone, possibly the accused party, late in the day to the convent of Ama Juliana. After the accused was admitted, he took hold of a silver plate belonging to the convent, apparently with the help of one of the convent's inmates. The plate was broken up and taken to a silversmith who produced spoons from it.

Lines 2 and 3 read as follows:

καὶ Σερήνου τοῦ εὐλαβε̣σ̣τάτου πρεσβυτέρου τῆς ἁγίας Θέκλας …
[καὶ -ca.?- τοῦ εὐλα]βεστ(άτου) πρεσβυτέρου καὶ οἰκονόμου τῆς αὐτῆς ἁγίας ἐκκλησίας

'… and Serenos the most pious presbyter of Saint Thekla . . . [… the] most pious presbyter and steward of the same holy church ...'

(Summary and text: E. Lobel, C. H. Roberts, E. G. Turner and J. W. B. Barns. Trans.: G. Schenke)

A complete record of the document with images and bibliography can be found at:;24;2419


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Thekla, follower of Apostle Paul : S00092

Saint Name in Source


Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Other private document Late antique original manuscripts - Papyrus sheet



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 - independent (church)


This fragmentary document was found at Oxyrhynchos. It is housed in the Sackler Library at Oxford and has been dated on palaeographical grounds.


Edition: Lobel, E., Roberts, C.H., Turner, E.G., and Barns, J.W.B., The Oxyrhynchus Papyri XXIV, published by the Egypt Exploration Society in Graeco-Roman Memoirs (London, 1957), 183–184.

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