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E05768: Coptic letter from the Arsinoites (Fayum) wishing for the intercession of *Mark (the Evangelist, S00293) and of the full choir of *Saints (All Saints, S01151); datable to the 8th century.

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posted on 2018-06-18, 00:00 authored by gschenke
CPR 34.62

The letter addressed to a superior of the clergy, discussing a successor for liturgical services, ends in lines 19–21 with a final wish for a long life of the addressee obtainable through the strengthening powers of the saints’ intercession through prayers:

ⲡⲟⲥ ⲓⲏⲥ ⲡⲉⲭ̣ⲥ̣ ⲧⲁϫⲣⲁ̣ ⲛⲉϩⲁⲟⲩ ⲙⲡⲉⲕⲱⲛⲁϩ ⲛⲏⲛ ⲛⲟⲩⲙⲏϣⲉ ⲛⲟⲩⲁⲉⲓϣ ϩ̣ⲓⲧⲛ ⲛⲉϣⲗⲏⲗ ⲙⲡⲓϩⲁⲅⲓⲟ(ⲥ) ⲙⲁⲣⲕⲟ(ⲥ) ⲙⲛ ⲡⲭⲟⲣⲟ(ⲥ)
ⲧⲏⲗϥ ⲛⲉⲧⲟⲩⲉⲃ +

‘May the Lord Jesus Christ prolong the days of your life for us for a long time through the prayers of saint Mark and the whole choir of saints.’

(Text: M. R. M. Hasitzka; trans.: G. Schenke)


Evidence ID


Saint Name

All Saints : S01151 Mark the Evangelist : S00293

Saint Name in Source

ⲡⲭⲟⲣⲟ(ⲥ) ⲧⲏⲗϥ ⲛⲉⲧⲟⲩⲉⲃ ⲙⲁⲣⲕⲟ(ⲥ)

Type of Evidence

Late antique original manuscripts - Papyrus sheet Documentary texts - Letter


  • 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

Arsinoites (Fayum)

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

Arsinoites (Fayum) Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs



The papyrus document P.Vindob. K 1289 is kept at the Papyrus Collection in Vienna and has been dated on palaeographical grounds.


Text and German translation: Hasitzka, M.R.M., Koptische dokumentarische Texte aus der Papyrussammlung der österreichischen Nationalbibliothek, Corpus Papyrorum Raineri (CPR) vol. 34 (Berlin/Boston, 2018), 143–146, plates 54–55.

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