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E04366: Coptic document from Jeme (Upper Egypt) concerning the sale of property mentioning a presbyter of an establishment dedicated to Apa *Mena (soldier and martyr of Abu Mena, S00073) among the witnesses; datable to the middle of the 8th century, either 730 or 745.

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posted on 2017-11-14, 00:00 authored by gschenke
CLT 9:

One of the witnesses signing this document is a presbyter of an establishment dedicated to Apa Mena, line 32-34 of the document reads as follows:

+ ⲁⲛⲟⲕ] ⲡⲉⲥⲩⲛⲑⲓⲟⲥ ⲡϣⲏⲣⲉ ⲙⲡⲙⲁⲕⲁⲣⲓⲟⲥ ⲡⲁⲡⲛⲟⲩⲧⲉ
ⲡⲉ]ⲡⲣⲓⲥⲃⲉⲧⲉⲣⲟⲥ ⲙⲫⲁⲅⲓⲟⲥ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲙⲏⲛⲁ ⲙⲛ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲡ[
ϯⲟ ⲙ] ⲙⲉⲛⲧⲣⲉ ⳨

'I,] Pesynthios, the son of the blessed Papnoute, [the] priest of saint Apa Mena and Apa P[… I act as] witness.'

(Text and trans.: A. A. Schiller, slightly modified)


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Menas, soldier and martyr of Abu Mena : S00073

Saint Name in Source

ⲁⲡⲁ ⲙⲏⲛⲁ

Type of Evidence

Late antique original manuscripts - Papyrus sheet Documentary texts - Sale 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, village, etc


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

Jeme Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified


Text and translation: Schiller, A.A., Ten Coptic Legal Texts (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1932). = CLT Till, W.C., Die koptischen Rechtsurkunden aus Theben (Vienna: H. Böhlaus, 1964) 39–40. = KRT

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