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E04263: Coptic document presumably from Hermopolis (Middle Egypt), mentioning an institution dedicated to *Phoibammon, possibly concerning the sale of a house; datable to the 7th/8th century.

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posted on 2017-10-30, 00:00 authored by gschenke
P.Ryl.Copt. 187

Only a few fragmentary lines are preserved of this document, which seems to concern a house or parts thereof once obtained for an institution dedicated to saint Phoibammon being passed on now to a different owner or tenant.

What remains of lines 1–2 reads as follows:

]ⲏ ⲛⲡⲏⲓ ⲛⲧⲁ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲕⲩⲣⲓ ϣⲟⲡϥ ⲉ[ⲡⲙⲟ]ⲛ̣(ⲁⲥⲧⲏⲣⲓⲟⲛ?) ⲛⲡϩⲁⲅⲓⲟⲥ ⲫⲟⲓⲃⲁⲙⲙⲱⲛ

‘] of the house which Apa Kyri obtained for [the monastery?] of saint Phoibammon’

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


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Phoibammon, soldier and martyr of Assiut : S00080

Saint Name in Source

ⲡϩⲁⲅⲓⲟⲥ ⲫⲟⲓⲃⲁⲙⲙⲱⲛ

Type of Evidence

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


  • 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)

Hermopolis Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Bequests, donations, gifts and offerings


The 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), 94.

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