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E04101: Coptic letter from the monastery of Apa Apollo at Bawit (Middle Egypt), expressing the hope to invoke God and *Apollo (founder of the monastery, 00160) through prayers; datable to the 7th/8th century.

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posted on 2017-10-03, 00:00 authored by gschenke
P.Bawit Clackson 89

This fragmentary papyrus letter asks for prayers to invoke the blessing of the saint.
Lines 2–4 read as follows:

ⲁⲣⲓ ⲡⲉⲛⲙⲉⲉⲩ]ⲉ̣ [ϩ]ⲛ ⲛⲉⲧⲛⲉϣⲗⲏⲗ ⲉⲧⲟⲩⲁⲁⲃ
[ⲧⲁⲣⲉ ⲡⲛⲟⲩⲧ]ⲉ ⲡⲡⲁⲛⲧⲟⲕ[ⲣⲁⲧⲱⲣ] ⲙⲛ ⲫⲁⲅⲓⲟⲥ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲁⲡⲟⲗⲗⲱ ⲧⲛⲟⲟⲩ ⲟⲩⲛⲟϭ
[ⲛⲥⲙⲟⲩ ϫⲓⲛⲧ]ⲡⲉ

‘Remember us (?)] in your holy prayers, [so that God,] the Almighty and saint Apa Apollo might send
a great [blessing from above (?)].’

(Text: S. J. Clackson, modified; trans.: G. Schenke)


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Apa Apollo (founder of the monastery at Bawit, 4th century ) : S00160

Saint Name in Source

ⲁⲡⲁ ⲁⲡⲟⲗⲗⲱ

Type of Evidence

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)

Bawit Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - monastic

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs



The papyrus document BM EA 75308 side (A) is kept at the British Museum in London. The document has been dated on palaeographical grounds.


Text: Clackson, S.J., It is Our Father Who Writes: Orders from the Monastery of Apollo at Bawit (Am.Stud.Pap. XLIII; Cincinnati, 2008), 116.

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