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E06119: Greek document from Ibion (Arsinoites/Fayum) with an inventory of valuables and objects in the church of Apa Psaios, mentioning an archdeacon of an institution dedicated to Apa *George (presumably the soldier and martyr, S00259); datable to the 5th/6th century.

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posted on 2018-08-17, 00:00 authored by gschenke
P.Grenf. 2 111=Sel. Pap. 1 192

The inventory of valuables and other objects of the holy church of Apa Psaios in the village Ibion was given to the presbyter and oikonomos of that institution. On the verso of the document, an archdeacon at an institution dedicated to saint Apa George is mentioned as the person who produced the inventory:

† ἀναγρ[α]φ(ὴ) τῶν ἁγί(ων) κ[ει]μηλ(ίων) καὶ ἑτέρων σκευῶν
τῆς ἁγί(ας) ἐκκλ(ησίας) ἄπα Ψ[α]ίο(υ) κώμ(ης) Ἰβιῶνος
παραδοθ(έντων) τῷ εὐλαβ(εστάτῳ) Ἰωάννῃ πρ(εσβυτέρῳ) καὶ οἰκ(ονόμῳ)
Χοιὰχ ιε ιγ ἰνδ(ικτίονος), οὕτ(ως)·
ποτήρ(ια) ἀργυρ(ᾶ) γ.
ξέστ(ης) ἀργυρ(οῦς) α.
καταπετάσμ(ατα) β.
ῥάβδ(ος) σιδηρ(ᾶ) α.
ὁμοί(ως) μικρ(ὰ) α.
τράπεζ(α) μαρμαρ(ᾶ) α.
τρίπους χαλκ(οῦς) τῆς τραπέζ(ης) α.
μαμπ(άρια) λινᾶ τῆς τραπέζ(ης) κγ.
μαμπ(άρια) ἐρεινᾶ ε.
οὐηλόθυρα ϛ.
ὁμοί(ως) παλαιὸν α.
οὐηλάρ(ιον) ἐρειν(οῦν) κρεμ(αστὸν) α.
στρῶμ(α) κρεμα̣σ̣τ̣(ὸν) α.
λυχνίαι χαλκ(αῖ) δ.
λυχνίαι σιδηρ(αῖ) β.
βωὸς χαλκ(οῦς) α.
βωμὸς χαλκ(οῦς) α.
λέβης χαλκ(οῦς) α.
κοκκούμ(ιον) χαλκ(οῦν) α.
λουτήρ(ια) χαλκ(ᾶ) β.
χειρολυχν(ίαι) ϛ, μύξ(αι) ϛ·
πλοιάρ(ια) χαλκ(ᾶ) δ, μύξ(αι) δ.
βιβλία δερμάτι(να) κα.
ὁμοί(ως) χαρτία γ.
κοτύλ(η) α.
κύαθ(ος) α.
μάχαιρ(α) α.
κραβακ̣τ̣ α.
μαγὶς ξυλ(ίνη) α.
τυλάρ(ια) δερμάτ(ινα) β.
θυιαν α.
καθέδρ(αι) ξύλ(ιναι) γ.
σεμψέλλ(ια) β.
ἱ̣σ̣τ̣(ὸν) τριυφ(αντὸν) α.
λύκηθ(ος) χαλκ(οῦς) α.

διʼ ἐμοῦ Ἠλιου ἀρχιδιακ(όνου) ὑπ(ὲρ) τοῦ ἁγί(ου) ἄπα Γεωργίου

'Inventory of the holy treasures and other utensils of the holy church of Apa Psaius of the village of Ibion, entrusted to the most discreet John, presbyter and steward, Choiak 15, 13th indiction, being as follows:
• 3 silver chalices ;
• 1 silver paten;
• 2 hangings;
• 1 iron rod;
• 1 other, small;
• 1 marble slab;
• 1 bronze tripod for the slab;
• 23 linen cloths for the slab ;
• 5 woollen cloths ;
• 6 door-curtains ;
• 1 other, old;
• 1 hanging woollen curtain;
• 1 hanging cover;
• 4 bronze lamp-stands;
• 2 iron lamp-stands;
• 1 bronze altar;
• 1 bronze basin ;
• 1 bronze flagon ;
• 2 bronze fonts;
• 6 hand-lamps with 6 nozzles;
• 4 boat-shaped lamps with 4 nozzles;
• 21 parchment books;
• 8 others of papyrus;
• 1 cup; 1 ladle;
• 1 knife;
• 1 bier;
• 1 wooden tray;
• 2 leather cushions;
• 1 mortar ;
• 8 wooden chairs ;
• 2 stools ;
• 1 triply woven web;
• 1 cupboard;
• 1 bronze flask.

{Endorsed} Made by me, Elias, archdeacon, on behalf of the holy Apa George.'

(Text and trans.: A. S. Hunt and C. C. Edgar)

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Evidence ID


Saint Name

George, soldier and martyr : S00259

Saint Name in Source


Type of Evidence

Late antique original manuscripts - Papyrus sheet Documentary texts - List


  • Greek

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 - Places

Cult building - unspecified

Cult activities - Places Named after Saint

  • Church


The papyrus document MS. Gr. class. d. 2 (P) is kept at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.


Text and translation: Grenfell, B.P. and Hunt, A.S., New Classical Fragments and Other Greek and Latin Papyri (P.Grenf. 2) (Oxford, 1897). Hunt, A.S. and Edgar, C.C., Private Affairs, Select Papyri vol. 1 (Loeb Classical Library; London and Cambridge, Mass. 1932).

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