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E05704: Coptic document from Jeme (Upper Egypt) addressing the monastic community of Apa *Patermouthios (possibly S01222) acknowledging the settlement of a dispute; datable to the 8th century.

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posted on 2018-06-12, 00:00 authored by gschenke
O.CrumST 115

The document is written and signed by various members of the clergy who acknowledge to the monastic community of Apa Patermouthios that due to the demand of the hegoumenos Apa Biktor, most likely the abbot of the monastery of Apa Phoibammon, they have agreed to settle their dispute with them and produced this document as proof and security.

The beginning of the document reads as follows:

] ⲙ̣ⲛ ⲡⲁⲡⲁⲥ ⲡⲇⲓⲁ(ⲕⲟⲛⲟⲥ) [ⲧⲉⲛⲥ]ϩⲁⲓ ⲛⲧⲕⲉⲛⲱⲧⲏⲥ ⲧⲏⲣⲥ ⲛⲛⲉⲥⲛⲏⲩ ⲛⲁⲡⲁ ⲡⲁⲧⲉⲣⲙⲟⲩⲑⲓⲟⲥ

‘] and Papas, the deacon, [we are] writing to the whole community of the brothers of Apa Patermouthios.’

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


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Patermouthios, native of Oxyrhynchos who gathered disciples around him : S01222

Saint Name in Source

ⲁⲡⲁ ⲡⲁⲧⲉⲣⲙⲟⲩⲑⲓⲟⲥ

Type of Evidence

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



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 - monastic

Cult activities - Places Named after Saint

  • Monastery


The ostracon is part of a private collection (W. H. Buckler).


Text: Crum, W.E., Short Texts from Coptic Ostraca and Papyri (Oxford, 1921), 32. German Translation: Till, W.C., Die Koptischen Rechtsurkunden aus Theben (Vienna, 1964), 225–226.

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