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E02375: Greek antichretic loan, from Hermopolis (Middle Egypt), mentioning a canal named after *Kollouthos (physician and martyr of Antinoopolis, S00641); dated 9 January 582.

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posted on 2017-02-14, 00:00 authored by gschenke
BGU 19 2837

In this very fragmentary contract between vegetable sellers from Hermopolis, one of them receives a payment, before parameters of a loan and interest in kind to be provided are discussed. Something seems to either have been located near the canal or was intended to be transported on it.
Lines 9–10 read as follows:

τῆς διώρυκος τοῦ ἁγίου Κολλούθου ἐν πεδιάδι [κώμης -ca.?- ]  ̣

'[…] … of the canal of saint Kollouthos in the plain [of the village …]'

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

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Evidence ID


Saint Name

Kollouthos, physician and martyr from Antinoopolis (Middle Egypt), ob. early 4th cent. : S00641

Saint Name in Source


Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Other private document 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)

Hermopolis Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places Named after Saint

  • Other


This very fragmentary papyrus document, P. 25014, is housed at the papyrus collection in Berlin.


The canal mentioned is likely to be an irrigation canal, possibly located near or on a plain belonging to a church or monastery dedicated to Kollouthos.


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), 169–172.

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