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Ostr. Berlin P. 12009

TEI-XML-File: https://p612399.webspaceconfig.de/xml/elephantine_erc_db_100243.tei.xml



Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Ostr. Berlin P. 12009
Publication Number O.Varia 13
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 1907
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) (not relevant)
Certainty: high


Object Type ostracon
Color pottery, medium brown
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 90 mm | 83 mm | 17 mm
Range of Preservation complete
State of Preservation Surface partly damaged at the rims.
Mounting (non [ostracon])

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 Text Layout Wide line pitch. The text covers nearly the entire surface of the square potsherd, with medium and equal margins on all sides. The Demotic text was set directly belwo the Greek text with very narrow interspace.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 7+2 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 81 0
Column Height (in mm) 88 0
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 81 x 88 0


Text Content

Modern Title receipt for cloth tax
Ancient Archives private archive | inidividual tax payer
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | receipt
Summary of Content Totoes is confirmed by Ptolemaios, attorney of Apollonios of having paid the cloth tax for the 38th regnal year in an amount of 5 drachmas and 2½ obols surcharge. Demotic subscription of Peteyris.
Relationship of Texts (bilingual) Subscription in Demotic: tax type, payer, Issuer, date, amount in Egyptian currency (2½ kite).
Location of Composition Aswan / Syene Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Bilingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion unknown



Transcription Translation Pictures
1(ἔτους) λη Φαῶφι κδ πέπτωκεν
2ἐπὶ τὴν ἐν Συήνηι τρά-
3πεζαν Πτολεμαίω
4τῶι παρʼ Ἀπολλωνίου εἰς τὸ
5λη (ἔτους) ὀθονιηρᾶς Τοτοῆς
6χαλκοῦ πέντε ἐπαλ-
7γη 1l. ἐπαλ<λα>γή) ὀβολοὺς δύο ἡμιωβέλιον.

1 l. ἐπαλ<λα>γή)
8pꜣ dnı͗ (n) ḥbs (n) ḥsb.t 30 (n-)ḏr.t Twtw sꜣ H̱nm-m-ꜣḫ.t ḥḏ qd 2½
9n-ḏr.t Pꜣ-ḏı͗-Ḥr 1Vleeming, Ostraka Varia (1994), Nr. 13 ergänzt hier noch (n). ḥsb.t 38 ı͗bd 2 ꜣḫ.t sw 24

1 Vleeming, Ostraka Varia (1994), Nr. 13 ergänzt hier noch (n).
138th regnal year, 24th of Phaophi. Thus has paid
2into the bank of Syene
3to Ptolemaios,
4the clerk of Apollonios, for the
538th regnal year for the cloth tax, Totoes
6five drachmas copper,
7surcharge of two obols and one half-obol.
8The cloth tax for the 37th regnal year, from Totoes, son of Chnoummachis: 2½ silver kite.
9Issued by Peteyris. 38th regnal year, 24th of Phaophi.
Places (read out from edition)
  • Συήνηι (places.xml#s8)

    People mentioned in Text

    ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
    4010 man Apollonios P 12009 Ἀπολλώνιος Greek, Ancient



    RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
    Ptolemaios II Philadelphos 38 Phaophi 24 -248 December 12 BCE internal dating, without name of the ruler;







    DatasetID 100243
    last Change 29.07.2022
    Berlpap 03397
    Trismegistos 3009
    Papyri.info ddbdp/o.vleem;;13
    Author Jan Moje (Demotic); BerlPap-Team, Ruth Duttenhöfer (Greek)
    Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
    (CC BY-NC-SA)
    Data set citation Data set 100243 (= Ostr. Berlin P. 12009), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje (Demotic); BerlPap-Team, Ruth Duttenhöfer (Greek).