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Pap. Berlin P. 13579

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 13579
Current Location magazine
Comments on Inventory registered as existing during revision (1958)
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 papyrus
Color papyrus, light
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 303 mm | 68 mm | mm
Range of Preservation complete
State of Preservation The upper part is broken off in undetermined extent. One minor hole in the upper section.
Mounting framed under glass

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object recto
Script-Fiber-Relation (for Payri) parallel (recto)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) incomplete
State of Preservation (Text) Upper part broken off in undetermined extent.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting "Geübte und überwiegend gut lesbare mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Wide line pitch. The text covers nearly the entire sheet, without lateral margins. At the bottom a larger part in the height of 3 lines remains uninscribed.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines x+20 0
Quantity of Columns 1 0
Line Lenght (in mm) 70
Column Height (in mm) 265
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 70 x 264 0


Text Content

Modern Title Letter of unclear context, including information on a journey to Philae
Ancient Archives Chnoum temple archives | administrative archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | vertical format
Summary of Content Letter of unclear context. Mention of incidents happeded to the sender. Information on a journey to Philae, while the sender travelled to the temple of Elephantine. The asigment of this text to the scribe Potemetous, son of Psintaes, was made by Martin, Cary J., The Demotic texts (1996), C10.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)



Transcription Translation Pictures
x+1n skr ı͗.ı͗r Hgr
x+2 hb=y ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr=k n.ı͗m=w mn sḏy
x+3 byn n-wš ı͗r n-ḏr.t Ḥr bn-pw H̱nm
x+4 ḏı͗.t pḥ=w n-ḏr.ṱ=f gm=y pꜣ ḫpr
x+5 r šm=f r Pꜣ-ı͗w-rq ḏd=f md(.t) ꜥšꜣy
x+6 ı͗.ı͗r-ḥr Tgrṱry 1Cf. Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 49 regarding a rejected reading variant. n pꜣy=y ꜥš-sḥn
x+7 bn-pw=f šp md(.t) r ḫrw=f n pꜣy=y ꜥš-sḥn
x+8 ḏı͗=y ı͗w r ḥ.t-nṯr Yb
x+9 ı͗rm nꜣy=y rmṯ.w ḏı͗=y r pꜣ ꜥ.wy-ḥtp H̱nm 2For the translation of this passage l. 9 – 10 cf, Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 49.
x+10 nꜣ md.w(t) r.ı͗w brḥ I͗ꜥḥ-ms
x+11 r-bw-nꜣy n.ı͗m=w sḏm=k s bn-pw=k
x+12 hb n=y n nꜣ ı͗.ı͗r-ḫpr n.ı͗m=k
x+13 mn (ḏꜣ) n nꜣ ḫm-ẖr.w nty (n)
x+14 N.t ı͗rm nꜣ rmṯ.w nty n.ı͗m=w
x+15 Wsı͗r-wr sꜣ I͗ꜥḥ-ı͗.ı͗r-ḏı͗-s ı͗w=f ı͗w r rsy
x+16 my ḥn=w s r ḏı͗.t nw=w dbꜣ.ṱ=f
x+17 sẖ n ḥsb.t 19 ı͗bd 3 ꜣḫ.t sw 5
x+18 ı͗w=f ḫpr r ꜥḥꜥ=k ı͗rm pꜣ mr-ꜣḥ
x+19 my gm=f nꜣ md.w(t) nty ḫpr
x+20 n.ı͗m=y

1 Cf. Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 49 regarding a rejected reading variant.
2 For the translation of this passage l. 9 – 10 cf, Den Brinker / Muhs / Vleeming, DBL (2005), 49.
x+1 [///] of sailing which Hakoris has made.
x+2 I have sent to you concerning this. There is no bad
x+3 saying(?) without assistance(?) by(?) Horos. Chnoum has not
x+4 caused them to attain to his hand. I have found
x+5 that he went to Philae. He has spoken many words
x+6 to Tegeritli-ye concerning my case.
x+7 To his statement, he did not accept any word of my case.
x+8 I have come to the temple of Elephantine
x+9 with my men. I am at the resting-place of Chnoum.
x+10 The things for which the fodderer Amasis came
x+11 hither: You heave heard them, (but) you have not
x+12 sent to me on account of that which has happened to you.
x+13 There is no (harm) to the young men who are (in)
x+14 Thebes, and to the men who are there.
x+15 Osoroeris, son of Artais: When he comes to the south,
x+16 let it be ordered to look after him.
x+17 Written in the 19th regnal year, 5th of Hathyr.
x+18 If you meet with the overseer of the field,
x+19 let him know the matters which have happened to
x+20 me.
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Places (read out from edition)
  • Pꜣ-ı͗w-rq (places.xml#s15)
  • Yb (places.xml#s3)
  • pꜣ ꜥ.wy-ḥtp H̱nm (places.xml#s150)
  • N.t (places.xml#s1341)

    People mentioned in Text

    ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
    560 man Amasis ỈꜤḥ-ms pre-Coptic Egyptian



    RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
    Ptolemaios III Euergetes 19 Hathyr 05 -229 December 18 BCE Dating by content (scribes);



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    DatasetID 100262
    last Change 29.07.2022
    Trismegistos 46487
    Author Jan Moje
    Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
    (CC BY-NC-SA)
    Data set citation Data set 100262 (= Pap. Berlin P. 13579), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.