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E05997: Coptic ostracon from the area of Jeme (Upper Egypt) with a list of donations/payments made to the topos of Apa *John (presumably either the Baptist, S00020, or the Apostle and Evangelist, S00042) and *Jakob (possibly the Old Testament patriarch, S00280); datable to the 7th century.

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posted on 2018-07-18, 00:00 authored by gschenke
O.Crum ad. 30

This document seems to be a list of donations made to the shrine of Apa John and Apa Jakob, or expenses in connection with a pilgrimage to the shrine, rather than of goods sold to a monastery dedicated to the saints. The list includes measure of wine, linen, sesame, and corn, as well as amounts of corn given for a camel and its fodder.

The head of the document reads as follows:

ⲡⲗⲟⲅⲟⲥ ⲙⲡⲉⲛⲧⲁⲓ . . . ⲉⲃⲟⲗ ⲉⲡⲧⲟⲡⲟⲥ ⲛⲫⲁⲅⲓⲟⲥ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲓⲱϩⲁⲛⲛⲏⲥ ⲙⲛ ⲓⲁⲕⲱⲃ

'The list of what I have … to the topos of saint Apa Ioannes and Iakob:'

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


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Jacob, Old Testament patriarch : S00280 John, the Apostle and Evangelist : S00042 John the Baptist : S00020

Saint Name in Source

ⲓⲁⲕⲱⲃ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲓⲱϩⲁⲛⲛⲏⲥ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲓⲱϩⲁⲛⲛⲏⲥ

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - List Late antique original manuscripts - Ostracon/Pot-sherd


  • 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

Cult activities - Places Named after Saint

  • Monastery

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Bequests, donations, gifts and offerings


The ostracon belongs to the collection of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, inv. 575.


Text and translation: Crum, W.E., Coptic Ostraca from the Collections of the Egypt Exploration Fund (London, 1902), p. 45 and 93. = O.Crum German translation: Till, W.C., Die Koptischen Rechtsurkunden aus Theben (Vienna, 1964), 71.

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