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E04182: Coptic ostracon from western Thebes (Upper Egypt) mentioning the monastery of Apa *Phoibammon (soldier and martyr of Assiut, S00080) on the mountain of Jeme; datable to the first half of the 8th century.

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posted on 2017-10-19, 00:00 authored by gschenke
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Lines 4–5 of this very fragmentary document read as follows:

         ]ⲡⲧⲟⲡⲟⲥ ⲛⲁⲡⲁ ⲫⲟ̣ .
ⲃⲁⲙⲱ]ⲛ̣ ⲙ̣ⲡⲧⲟⲟⲩ ⲛϫⲏ̣ⲙ̣ⲉ̣

‘] monastery of Apa Phoibamon on the mountain of Jeme.’

(Text: A. Boud'hors and Ch. Heurtel, trans.: G. Schenke)


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Phoibammon, soldier and martyr of Assiut (ob. c. 304) : S00080

Saint Name in Source

ⲁⲡⲁ ⲫⲟ̣ .[ⲃⲁⲙⲱ]ⲛ̣

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - Other private document Late antique original manuscripts - Ostracon/Pot-sherd


  • 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

Thebes Jeme

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

Thebes Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis Jeme Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - monastic


The ostracon inv. O.292697 is limestone fragment and was found during a season of the Belgian excavation at the Theban necropolis. It is part of the archive of the monk Frange who inhabited the tomb of Amenemope (TT29) in the Valley of the Kings.


Text and French translation: Boud'hors, A., and Heurtel, C., Les ostraca coptes de la TT 29. Autour du moine Frangé (Études d'archéologie thébaine 3; Brussels, 2010), 382.

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