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E07054: Coptic Life of the monk Apa *Phib (S00774) attributed to Papohe, a disciple of Apa Apollo, giving his feast day as 22 October, from the monastery of the Merkurios near Edfu (Upper Egypt); written presumably in the early 5th century. Skeleton entry

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Ed. Orlandi, p. 20, line 1–4:

ⲡⲃⲓⲟⲥ ⲙⲡⲉⲛⲡⲉⲧⲟⲩⲁⲁⲃ ⲛⲉⲓⲱⲧ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲫⲓϥ ⲡⲁⲛⲁⲭⲱⲣⲏⲧⲏⲥ ⲉⲧⲟⲩⲁⲁⲃ ⲉⲁϥϩⲓⲥⲧⲱⲣⲓⲍⲉ ⲙⲙⲟϥ ⲛϭⲓ ⲡⲁⲡⲟϩⲉ ⲡⲙⲁⲑⲏⲧⲏⲥ ⲛⲁⲡⲁ ⲁⲡⲟⲗⲗⲱ
ⲡⲧⲉⲗⲓⲟⲥ ⲉⲧⲥⲙⲁⲙⲁⲁⲧ ⲛⲧⲁϥⲙⲧⲟⲛ ⲇⲉ ⲙⲙⲟϥ ⲛϭⲓ ⲡⲙⲁⲕⲁⲣⲓⲟⲥ ⲁⲡⲁ ⲫⲓϥ ϩⲛ ⲥⲟⲩ ϫⲟⲩⲧⲏ ⲙⲡⲉⲃⲟⲧ ⲡⲁⲟⲡⲉ

‘The Life of our fatherly saint Apa Phiph, the holy anchorite, as related by Papohe, the disciple of Apa Apollo, the blessed perfect one. The blessed Apa Phiph went to rest on day 25 of the month Phaophi (22 October).’

(Text: T. Orlandi; trans. G. Schenke)


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Apollo, Phib, and Anoup : S00774

Saint Name in Source

ⲁⲡⲁ ⲫⲓϥ

Type of Evidence

Literary - Hagiographical - Lives


  • 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)

Hamouli Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - monastic

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Composing and translating saint-related texts


The text forms part of the Pierpont Morgan Codex M 633, housed in the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York. The colophon gives the year of production as AD 994.


Text and translation: Orlando, T., and Campagnano, A., Vite dei Monaci Phif e Longino (Testi e documenti per lo studio dell’antichita 51; Milan, 1975), 11–37.

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