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E06127: Greek list of unknown Egyptian provenance recording donations in meat made for saints' feast days, among them *Stephen (the First Martyr, S00030), Apa *Viktor (presumably the son of Romanos), and Apa *Phoibammon (presumably the soldier and martyr, S00080); datable to the 5th century.

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posted on 2018-08-17, 00:00 authored by gschenke
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In this document expenditures for meat intended for various saints' feasts are listed, among them are the feast of Stephen, of saint Apa Biktor, and of saint Apa Phoibammon still preserved.

Lines 1–7 of the document read as follows:

λό(γος) των κρέ[ω]ς·
ἐν τῇ ἑορτῇ τοῦ πρωτομ̣(άρτυρος) κρ(έως) λι(τρῶν) γ (τάλαντα) υπ
  ̣ισ  ̣  ̣  ̣ην κ̣ρ(έως) τῆς (αὐτῆς) ἑορτ(ῆς) λι(τρῶν) δ (τάλαντα) χη
ε̣ἰ̣[ς] τ̣ὴν ἑορτ(ὴν) τοῦ ἁγί(ου) Ἄπα Βίκτορ(ος) εἰς λόγ(ον) ἡμ̣ῶ̣[ν]
καὶ τῶν παίδ(ων) vac. ? λι(τρῶν) ε 𐅵 (τάλαντα) ωπ
  ̣ε̣  ̣ν̣ εἰς λόγ(ον) ἡμῶν ἀπελθ(όντων) εἰς τὰ τοῦ ἁγί(ου)
Ἄ̣[π]α̣ Φοιβ[(άμμωνος) ἐν τ]ῇ̣ ἑ̣ορτῇ τοῦ πρωτ(ομάρτυρος) λι(τρῶν) β (τάλαντα) τκ

'List of meat:
on the feast of the First Martyr, 3 pounds of meat, 480 talents;
… of meat of the same feast, 4 pounds of meat, 608 talents;
on the feast of saint Apa Biktor, for the account of us and of the children, 5 1/2 pounds, 880 talents
... for account of account of us, who went to the place(?) of saint Apa Phoibammon on the feast of the First Martyr, 2 pounds, 320 talents.'

(Text: R. Pintaudi; trans.: G. Schenle)

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Evidence ID


Saint Name

Stephen, the First Martyr : S00030 Phoibammon, soldier and martyr of Assiut : S00080 Viktor, son of Romanos, martyr in Egypt : S00749

Saint Name in Source

Ἄ̣[π]α̣ Φοιβ[(άμμων) Ἄπα Βίκτωρ

Type of Evidence

Documentary texts - List Late antique original manuscripts - Papyrus sheet


  • Greek

Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

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

Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Festivals

  • Saint’s feast

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - unspecified

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Bequests, donations, gifts and offerings


The papyrus document PL 70 is kept at the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana in Florence.


Text and translation: Pintaudi, R., Dai Papiri della Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana vol. 2 (Pap.Flor. II) (Florence, 1977).

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