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E04029: Coptic receipt from Jeme (Upper Egypt) for a donation made to Apa *Psate (presumably the martyr and bishop in the Thebais, S01468) on behalf of a deceased local woman; dated to either 24 September 748 or 25 September 763.

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posted on 2017-09-15, 00:00 authored by gschenke
P.KRU 54:

In this document the oikonomos of the sanctuary of Psate acknowledges the receipt of a tremis on behalf of a deceased woman who requested in her will that this donation be made to the saint.

Lines 3–11 read as follows:

+ ⲁⲛⲟⲕ ⲥⲉⲛⲟⲩⲑ(ⲓⲟⲥ) ⲡϣⲏⲣⲉ ⲛⲡⲙⲁⲕ(ⲁⲣⲓⲟⲥ) ⲫⲓⲗⲟⲑ(ⲉⲟⲥ) ⲡⲟⲓⲕⲟⲛⲟⲙⲟⲥ ⲛⲡϩⲁⲅⲓⲟⲥ
ⲁⲡⲁ ⲯⲁⲧⲉ ⲙⲡⲧⲟⲟⲩ ⲛϫⲏⲙⲉ ⲉⲓⲥϩⲁⲓ ⲛⲕⲱⲙⲟⲥ ⲡϣⲏⲣⲉ ⲛⲡⲙⲁⲕ(ⲁⲣⲓⲟⲥ) ⲇⲁⲙⲓⲁⲛⲟⲥ ⲡⲣⲙⲡⲓⲕⲁⲥⲧⲣⲟⲛ
ⲛⲟⲩⲱⲧ ϫⲏⲙⲉ ⲛⲡⲛⲟⲙⲟⲥ ⲛⲧⲉⲓⲡⲟⲗⲉⲓⲥ ⲛⲟⲩⲱⲧ ⲉⲣⲙⲟⲛⲉⲧ ϫⲉ ϩⲁ ⲡϩⲟⲃ ⲛⲡⲧⲉⲣⲙⲏⲥⲓⲟⲛ ⲛⲧⲁⲧⲥⲩⲣⲟⲥ
ⲧϣⲏⲣⲉ ⲛⲧⲁⲕⲟⲩⲙ ⲧⲁⲁϥ ⲉⲡϩⲁⲅⲓⲟⲥ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲯⲁⲧⲉ ⲡⲁⲓ ⲛⲧⲁⲥⲇⲱⲣⲓⲍⲉ ⲙⲙⲟϥ ϩⲛ ⲧⲉⲥⲇⲓⲁⲑⲏⲕⲉ ⲧⲁⲣⲉⲩⲧⲁⲁϥ
ⲉϩⲟⲩⲛ ⲉⲡϩⲁⲅⲓⲟⲥ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲯⲁⲧⲉ ⲉⲓⲥ ϩⲏⲏⲧⲉ ⲁϥⲉⲓ ⲉⲧⲟⲟⲧ ϩⲓⲧⲟⲟⲧⲕ ⲛⲧⲟⲕ ⲕⲱⲙⲟⲥ ⲡϣⲛ ⲇⲁⲙⲓⲁⲛⲟⲥ

'I, Senouthios, the son of the blessed Philotheos, the oikonomos of saint Apa Psate on the mountain of Jeme, I am writing to Komos, the son of the blessed Damianos, inhabitant of this same castron Jeme in the district of this same city Hermonthis. Concerning the matter of the tremis that Tsyros, the daughter of Takoum, has donated to the saint Apa Psate, this one which she has bestowed in her will, so that it shall be given to (the sanctuary of the) saint Apa Psate, behold, it (the tremis) has come into my hand from you, Komos, son of Damianos.'

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


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Psote, Apa Psote, martyr and bishop in the Thebais : S01468

Saint Name in Source

ⲁⲡⲁ ⲯⲁⲧⲉ

Type of Evidence

Late antique original manuscripts - Papyrus sheet Documentary texts - Donation document


  • Coptic

Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica Egypt and Cyrenaica

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Jeme Hermonthis

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

Jeme Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis Hermonthis Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - monastic

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Bequests, donations, gifts and offerings


The papyrus document BM Or. 6721 (8) is housed at the British Museum in London.


For dealings involving the same monastic sanctuary see E04028.


Edition and Translation: Crum, W.E., and Steindorff, G., Koptische Rechtsurkunden des achten Jahrhunderts aus Djeme (Theben) (Leipzig, 1971), 177–178. Till, W.C., Erbrechtliche Untersuchungen auf Grund der koptischen Urkunden (Vienna, 1954), 150 (German Translation).

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