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Ostr. Berlin P. 9389

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 9389
Publication Number BGU VI 1309
Current Location magazine
Publication Permission Status (unknown)
Publication Status published

Origin / Provenance

Ancient Provenance Site Elephantine (Ꜣbw; Yb; YbꜢ; YbꜤ; Ἐλεφαντίνη, יב , ⲉⲓⲏⲃ) [Trismegistos]
Certainty: high
Ancient Provenance District Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Discovery archaeological excavation
Certainty: high
Finder (= First Purchaser) Rubensohn, Otto (excavation director)
Certainty: high
Location of Find / Purchase in Egypt Elephantine
District of Find / Purchase in Egypt Upper Egypt, 1st nome (Ombites) [Trismegistos]
Type of Acquisition for the Intitution partage
Date of Acquisition for the Intitution between 1906 and 1906
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) (not relevant)
Certainty: high


Object Type ostracon
Color pottery, light brown
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 81 mm | 111 mm | 11 mm
Dating between -77 and
Criteria for Dating date in text
Range of Preservation complete
State of Preservation Complete.
Mounting (non [ostracon])
Comments on Object In the inventory the second language Demotic is not mentioned.

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object convex (outside)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) complete
State of Preservation (Text) Complete.
Script, Primary Greek
Script, additional A Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Greek, Ancient
Language, additional A Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting documentary, middle ptolemaic cursive
Comments on Text Layout Narrow line pitch. The text covers nearly the entire surface of the potsherd, with small upper and lateral margins. The lower crotch remains uninscribed concerning the Greek text, here the Demotic subscription was placed.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 8 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 81 0
Column Height (in mm) 67 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 81 x 67 0


Text Content

Modern Title receipt for fruit tree tax
Ancient Archives private archive | inidividual tax payer
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | receipt
Summary of Content The priests of Asklepios are confirmed by Ammonios from the bank of Syeme of having paid the fruit tree tax for the 5th regnal year in an amount of 1500 drachmas incl. agio. Subscription of Ammonions and amount with agio, tital 1800 drachmas. Demotic subscription: Tax type, regnal year.
Relationship of Texts (bilingual) Demotic subscription: Tax type, regnal year.
Location of Composition Aswan / Syene Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Comments on Text ok
Multilingualism Bilingual Script = Language
Gender Man



Transcription Translation Pictures
1ἔτους ε Ἁθὺρ γ̅ τέτακται
2ἐπὶ τὴν ἐν Συήνῃ τράπεζαν ἐφʼ ἧς
3Ἀμμώ νιος εἰς τὸ αὐ τὸ (ἔτος) ἀκρο δρύων οἱ ἱερεῖς
4τοῦ Ἀσκληπιοῦ θεοῦ μεγ ίστου
5χα λκοῦ ο̣ὗ ἀ̣λ̣ λαγὴ 1For this formula χαλκοῦ οὗ ἀλλαγὴ (only in Greek) cf. Maresch, Geschichte der Währung (1996), 161, 210 – 213. χιλίας φ, (γίνονται) (δραχμαὶ) Ἀφ.
6Ἀμ μ ώνιος τρα πεζίτης .
7(δραχμαὶ) Ἀω.

1 For this formula χαλκοῦ οὗ ἀλλαγὴ (only in Greek) cf. Maresch, Geschichte der Währung (1996), 161, 210 – 213.
8ı͗w ḥsp n I͗y-m-ḥtp ẖr ḥsb.t 5
15th regnal year, 3rd of Hathyr. Thus have paid
2into the bank of Syene, for which was responsible
3Ammonios, for the same year for the tax on palm trees, the priests
4of Asklepios, the great god,
5copper money plus agio, one thousand 500, = 1500 dr.
6Ammonios, banker.
71800 dr.
8Receipt for the orchard tax of (the god) Imouthes, for the 5th regnal year.
Places (read out from edition)
  • Συήνῃ (places.xml#8)

    People mentioned in Text

    ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
    4005 man Ammonios (Trapezit) Ἀμμώνιος = Ἀμώνιος Greek, Ancient



    RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
    Ptolemaios XII Neos Dionysos 05 Hathyr 03 -77 November 12 BCE internal dating, without name of the ruler;







    DatasetID 100241
    last Change 29.07.2022
    Berlpap 02648
    Trismegistos 4566
    Papyri.info trismegistos/4566
    Author Jan Moje (Demotic); Ruth Duttenhöfer (Greek)
    Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
    (CC BY-NC-SA)
    Data set citation Data set 100241 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 9389), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje (Demotic); Ruth Duttenhöfer (Greek).