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E02352: Greek annual account of an estate steward, from Oxyrhynchos (Middle Egypt), mentioning a martyr shrine (martyrion) of *Serenos/Sirenos (probably a martyr of Oxyrhynchos, S00134), dated to the year 566.

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posted on 2017-02-10, 00:00 authored by Bryan
P.Oxy. 55 3804:

This extensive annual account, dated to the year 566, records the income and expenses of the large Apion estate. Amongst payments to tenants, employees, craftsmen, and churches, made in measures of wheat, there is also one listed to the martyr shrine of Serenos, line 164:

εἰς τὸ μαρτύριον τοῦ ἁγί(ου) Σερήνου κατὰ δωρεὰν Ἀπολλῶ υἱ(*)οῦ τοῦ ἐπισκόπου ἐν κτήμα(τι) Ταρουθίνου

'To the martyrium of St Serenus according to a grant of Apollos son of the bishop in the holding of Taruthinu, …'

(Text and trans.: J. R. Rea)

A complete record of the document with images and bibliography can be found at:;55;3804


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Sirenos, martyr of Alexandria : S00134

Saint Name in Source


Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - List 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

Martyr shrine (martyrion, bet sāhedwātā, etc.)

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Bequests, donations, gifts and offerings


This extensive document is a continuous papyrus roll consisting of twenty two sheets joined together. It was found in Oxyrhynchos and is now housed in the Sackler Library at Oxford.


Edition: Rea, J.R., The Oxyrhynchus Papyri LV, published by the Egypt Exploration Society in Graeco-Roman Memoirs (London, 1988), 95–144.

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    Evidence -  The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity