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E02463: Coptic agreement on sharing inherited property, from Jeme (Upper Egypt), mentioning a neighbourhood of Apa *Ananias, the bishop (S01224), dated 29 June 748 or 763.

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posted on 2017-03-05, 00:00 authored by gschenke
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In this document two half-sisters agree over the terms on how to share a house they jointly inherited from their common grandmother. The property in question is located in Jeme, in the area of saint Ananias.

Lines 65–68 read as follows:

ⲡⲏⲓ ⲧⲏⲣϥ ⲙⲛ ⲡⲁⲛϩ ⲉⲧⲙⲙⲁⲁⲩ ⲉⲩⲕⲏ ⲉϩⲣⲁⲓ ϩⲙ ⲡⲓⲕⲁⲥⲧⲣⲟⲛ ⲛϫⲏⲙⲉ ϩⲓ ⲧⲣⲏⲩⲉ ⲙⲡⲉⲧⲣⲟⲩⲟⲉⲓⲛ ⲉⲃⲟⲗ ϩⲛ ⲛⲉⲧⲟⲩⲁⲁⲃ ⲡϩⲁⲅⲓⲟⲥ ⲁⲡⲁ <ⲁ>ⲛⲁⲛⲓⲁⲥ ⲡⲉⲡⲓⲥⲕ(ⲟⲡⲟⲥ)

'The entire house and that yard are located in the castron Jeme, in the neighbourhood of the one who shines forth from among the saints, the saint Apa Ananias, the bishop.'

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


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Ananias, bishop in the Theban area : S01224

Saint Name in Source

ⲁⲡⲁ <ⲁ>ⲛⲁⲛⲓⲁⲥ

Type of Evidence

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


  • Coptic

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 Named after Saint

  • Towns, villages, districts and fortresses


The papyrus document from Jeme is housed at the papyrus collection in Berlin, P.Berol. inv. 10606.


Edition and Translation: Crum, W.E., and Steindorff, G., Koptische Rechtsurkunden des achten Jahrhunderts aus Djeme (Theben) (Leipzig, 1971), 90–96. Till, W.C., Erbrechtliche Untersuchungen auf Grund der koptischen Urkunden (Vienna, 1954), 105–109 (German Translation).

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