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E05984: Coptic ostracon from Deir el-Bahari (Upper Egypt) with an agreement over a work to be done by the feast of Apa *Michael (presumably the Archangel, S00181); datable to the beginning of the 7th century.

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posted on 18.07.2018, 00:00 authored by gschenke
O.Crum 304

The fragmentary agreement concerns the cultivation of particular areas of land and seeds to be planted by the time of the feast of Apa Michael or by the 15th. The agreement is made in the presence of the presbyter Apa Biktor.

Lines 8–9 of the reverse read as follows:

ϣⲁ ⲡϣⲁ ⲛⲁⲡⲁ ⲙⲓⲭ[ⲁⲏⲗ] ⲏ ϣⲁ ⲥⲟⲩ ⲙⲛⲧⲉ

'… until the feast of Apa Michael or until day 15.'


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

History

Evidence ID

E05984

Saint Name

Michael, the Archangel : S00181

Saint Name in Source

ⲁⲡⲁ ⲙⲓⲭ[ⲁⲏⲗ]

Type of Evidence

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

Language

Coptic

Evidence not before

600

Evidence not after

650

Activity not before

600

Activity not after

650

Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Deir el-Bahari

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

Deir el-Bahari Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Festivals

  • Saint’s feast

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified

Source

This ostracon is kept at the British Museum in London, inv. 32869.

Bibliography

Text and translation: Crum, W.E., Coptic Ostraca from the Collections of the Egypt Exploration Fund (London, 1902), p. 28 and 55. = O.Crum German translation: Till, W.C., Die Koptischen Rechtsurkunden aus Theben (Vienna, 1964), 61.

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