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E04022: Coptic agreement concerning the separation of inherited property, from Jeme (Upper Egypt), listing a priest of Apa *Patermouthios (S01222) at castron Jeme among the various witnesses; dated 6 October 719.

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posted on 2017-09-14, 00:00 authored by gschenke
P.KRU 35:

In this document two women, aunt and niece agree over the terms on how to share a house they jointly inherited from their father/grandfather. Among the many witnesses to this agreement appears a priest of of an institution dedicated to Apa Patermouthios.

Lines 96–97 read as follows:

⳨ ⲁⲛⲟⲕ ⲕⲟⲙⲉⲥ ⲡⲓⲉⲗⲁⲭ(ⲓⲥⲧⲟⲥ) ⲙⲡⲣⲉⲥⲃⲩ(ⲧⲉⲣⲟⲥ) ⲙⲡϩⲁⲅⲓⲟⲥ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲡⲁⲧ(ⲉ)ⲣⲙ(ⲟⲩ)ⲑ(ⲓⲟⲥ) ⲙⲡⲕⲁⲥⲧⲣⲟⲛ ϫⲏⲙⲉ ϯⲱ ⲙⲙⲛⲧⲣⲉ +

'I, Komes, the least presbyter of saint Apa Patermouthios at castron Jeme, I act as a witness.'

(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 ⲡⲁⲧⲣⲙⲑ

Type of Evidence

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


  • 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

Cult building - unspecified


The papyrus document, BM Papyrus CI recto, is housed at the British Museum in London.


In another Coptic document from Jeme, P.KRU 10 (see E02445), dated 8 December 722, a topos of Apa *Patermoute at Jeme is mentioned.


Edition and Translation: Crum, W.E., and Steindorff, G., Koptische Rechtsurkunden des achten Jahrhunderts aus Djeme (Theben) (Leipzig, 1971), 117–121. Till, W.C., Erbrechtliche Untersuchungen auf Grund der koptischen Urkunden (Vienna, 1954), 111–114 (German Translation).

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