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E02462: Coptic sale of half a house, from Jeme (Upper Egypt), a property located outside of (the area of) the great bishop Apa *Patermouthios (possibly S01222); dated 12 June 725.

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posted on 2017-03-05, 00:00 authored by gschenke
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In this document, a man named Pesynthios, son of Paul, from Jeme, acknowledges the sale of half a house to two brothers, Hemai and the presbyter Senoutios, son of Germanos, likewise from Jeme. The location of the property is given as being outside of the bishop saint Apa Patermouthios from Jeme, which borders it on the west.

Lines 31–33 and Lines 36–38 read as follows:

ⲉⲓⲧⲓ ⲛⲁⲕ ⲛⲧⲟⲕ ⲏⲙⲁⲓⲁ ⲙⲛ ⲥⲉⲛⲟⲩⲑⲓⲟⲥ ⲡⲣⲉⲥⲃⲩⲧⲉⲣⲟⲥ ⲛϣⲏⲣⲉ ⲛⲡⲙⲁⲕⲁⲣⲓⲟⲥ ⲅⲉⲣⲙⲁⲛⲟⲥ ⲛⲣⲙⲡⲕⲁⲥⲧⲣⲟⲛ ϫⲏⲙⲉ ...
ⲛⲧⲡⲏϣⲉ ⲙⲡⲁⲏⲓ ⲧⲏⲣϥ ⲉϥⲕⲏ ⲉϩⲣⲁⲓ ϩⲓⲃⲁⲗ ⲛⲡⲛⲟϭ ⲛⲉⲡⲓⲥⲕⲟⲡⲟⲥ ⲡϩⲁⲅⲓⲟⲥ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲡⲁⲧⲉⲣⲙⲟⲩⲑⲓⲟⲥ ⲙⲡⲕⲁⲥⲧⲣⲟⲛ ϫⲏⲙⲉ

'… I am giving you, Hemai and Senoutios, the presbyter, the sons of the blessed Germanos, inhabitants of the castron Jeme, … the half of my whole house which is located outside the great bishop, saint Apa Patermouthios in the castron Jeme.'

Line 40 reads:

ⲡⲉⲙⲛⲧ ⲫⲁⲅⲓⲟⲥ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲡⲁⲧⲉⲣⲙⲟⲩⲑ(ⲓⲟⲥ)

'West: saint Apa Patermouth(ios).'

(Text: W. E. Crum and G. Steindorff, German trans. W. C. Till, Engl. trans. G. Schenke)


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Patermouthios, native of Oxyrhynchos who gathered disciples around him : S01222

Saint Name in Source

ⲁⲡⲁ ⲡⲁⲧⲉⲣⲙⲟⲩⲑⲓⲟⲥ

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Sale 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)

Jeme Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified


The papyrus document is housed at the state library in Berlin, Ms.Graec. fol. 34.


Text and Translation: Crum, W.E., and Steindorff, G., Koptische Rechtsurkunden des achten Jahrhunderts aus Djeme (Theben) (Leipzig, 1971), 79–83. Till, W.C., Die Koptischen Rechtsurkunden aus Theben (Vienna, 1964), 120–123 (German Translations).

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