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E06452: Greek tax receipt from the Arsinoites (Fayum), mentioning a baker of an institution dedicated to *Kosmas and Damianos (brothers, physician martyrs of Syria, S00385); datable to the 8th century.

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posted on 2018-09-11, 00:00 authored by gschenke
SB 18 13272

[† παρ(έσ)χ(εν)] Ἀπολλῶ σιλιγνιά(ριος) τῶ(ν) ἁγίων Κοσμᾶ
(καὶ) Δαμια̣[ν]ο̣ῦ̣
[ ca. 4]κ( )λ̣( ) τῶ(ν) ἁγίων ὑ(πὲρ) πρωσυνάξε(ως) ἡμέρα(ς) τῆ(ς)
ἁγία(ς) τ̣ε[οτ(ό)κ(ου)]
[σί(του) ἀρτ(άβης) τρίτον] δ̣ωδέκατον μό(νον). ἐγρά(φη) μ(ηνὶ)
Π(α)χ(ων) ̣ ἰνδ(ικτίωνος) ̣[
γί(νεται) σί(του) ἀρτ(άβης) γ´ ιβ ́.

'Apollo, the baker of saint Kosmas and Damianos ... the saints, has paid for the prosynaxis of the day of the holy God-bearer one third and one twelfth of an artaba of wheat only. It was written in the month Pachon, on the ... of the ... indiction.
Total 1/3 1/12 art. wheat.'

(Text and translation (adapted) after L. Berkes)

A complete record of the text can be found at:;18;13272


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Kosmas and Damianos, brothers, physician martyrs of Syria : S00385

Saint Name in Source

Κοσμᾶ (καὶ) Δαμια̣[ν]ο̣ῦ̣

Type of Evidence

Late antique original manuscripts - Papyrus sheet Documentary texts - Fiscal document



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

  • Monastery


This papyrus document is kept at the Papyrussammlung in Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum P. 7884.


Text and translation: Berkes, L., "Classical and Biblical Culture in Late Antique Egypt: Some Notes," Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete 61 (2015), 428–430. Poethke, G., Sijpesteijn, P.J., "Griechische Steuerquittungen früharabischer Zeit der Berliner Papyrus-Sammlung," Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete 33 (1987), 73-77.

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