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E02374: Greek land lease, from Hermopolis (Middle Egypt), mentioning an oratory dedicated to Mary, presumably *Mary (Mother of Christ, S00033), datable to the first half of the 7th century.

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posted on 14.02.2017, 00:00 authored by gschenke
BGU 19 2815

The lease concerns a jointly owned property, one of the parties being an oratory dedicated to Mary. Lines 7–8 read as follows:

κατὰ κοινωνί[αν] τοῦ εὐαγοῦς ε[ὐ]κ̣τηρίου τῆς ἁγίας Μ̣α̣ρία̣ς̣

'… jointly with the holy oratory of saint Mary …'


(Text and German trans.: H. Maehler, Engl. trans.: G. Schenke)

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

http://papyri.info/ddbdp/bgu;19;2815

History

Evidence ID

E02374

Saint Name

Mary, Mother of Christ : S00033

Saint Name in Source

Μαρία

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Lease or rental document Late antique original manuscripts - Papyrus sheet

Language

Greek

Evidence not before

600

Evidence not after

650

Activity not before

600

Activity not after

650

Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Hermopolis

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

Hermopolis Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified

Source

The fragmentary papyrus document, P. 21830, is housed at the papyrus collection in Berlin and has been dated on palaeographical grounds.

Bibliography

Text and translation: Maehler, H., et al. Urkunden aus Hermupolis (Aegyptische Urkunden aus den Königlichen (later Staatlichen) Museen zu Berlin, Griechische Urkunden XIX; Munich, 2005), 123–124.

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