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E04258: Coptic document of unknown Egyptian provenance addressing a bishop and mentioning a topos of Apa *Hatre (possibly S00133); datable to the 6th/7th century.

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posted on 2017-10-30, 00:00 authored by gschenke
P.Ryl.Copt. 143

In this document, a craftsman named Kollouthos informs a bishop whom he refers to as ‘the master of any craftsman’ that he quits working at the topos of Apa Hatre. He seems to officially renounce his contract, suggesting that it was the bishop who sent craftsmen to work at the topos.

] ⲡⲉⲡⲓⲥⲕⲟⲡⲟⲥ ⲉⲡⲓⲇⲏ ⲁⲓⲃⲱⲕ ⲉⲃⲟⲗ ⲉⲡⲧⲟⲡⲟⲥ ⲙⲡϩⲁⲕⲓⲟⲥ ⲁⲡⲁ ϩⲁ<ⲧ>ⲣⲉ ⲁⲓⲣϩⲱ[ⲃ] ⲉⲣⲟϥ ⲧⲉⲛⲟⲩ ⲡⲛⲧⲁⲓⲁⲁⲃ ϯⲕⲱ ⲙⲙⲟϥ ⲉⲃⲟⲗ
ⲉⲡⲓⲧⲟⲥ ⲁⲩⲱ ϯⲁⲡⲟⲧⲁⲥⲉ ⲧⲙⲣϩⲱⲃ ⲉⲣⲟϥ ⲁⲩⲱ ⲕⲟ ⲙⲡϫⲟⲉⲓⲥ ⲉⲛϩⲁⲙ ⲛⲓⲙ ⲁⲛⲟⲕ ⲕⲟⲗⲗⲟⲩⲑⲟⲥ ⲡϩⲁⲙ ϯⲥⲧⲏⲭⲉⲓ ⲉⲡⲓⲭⲁⲣⲧⲏⲥ ⲛⲑⲉ
ⲉϥⲥϩⲏϩ ⲙⲙⲟϥ ⳨ ⲁⲩⲱ ⲛⲧⲁⲓⲥϩⲁⲓ ⲡⲓⲭⲁⲣⲧⲏⲥ ⲛⲥⲟⲩⲙⲛⲧⲁⲥⲉ ⲛⲭⲟⲓⲁϩⲕ ⲛⲧⲇⲉⲕⲁⲧⲉⲥ ⲛⲇⲉⲕⲇⲓⲁⲛⲟⲥ ⳨

‘…] the bishop. I went out to the topos of saint Apa Hatre. I worked for it (the topos). Now, what I have done, I am leaving to the topos. I am renouncing to work for it. You are the master for any craftsman. I, Kollouthos, the craftsman, I agree to this papyrus document as it is written. I have written this papyrus document on day 16 of (the month) Choiak in the tenth indiction. ’

(Text: W. E. Crum, trans.: G. Schenke)


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Hatre (martyr, with a shrine in the Egyptian village of Psahrshebbe) : S00133

Saint Name in Source

ⲁⲡⲁ ϩⲁ<ⲧ>ⲣⲉ

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 name in other Language(s)

Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified


The fragmentary papyrus document is housed at the collection of the John Rylands Library in Manchester. The dating is on palaeographical grounds.


Text and translation: Crum, W.E., Catalogue of the Coptic Manuscripts in the Collection of the John Rylands Library (Manchester, 1909), 75.

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