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Pap. Berlin P. 23586

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Collection Berlin, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, SPK (P)
Inventory Number Pap. Berlin P. 23586
Current Location magazine
Publication Permission Status permission for publication assigned

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 / Zucker, Friedrich (excavation directors)
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 1908
Transferor (Seller, Previous Owner) (not relevant)
Certainty: high


Object Type papyrus
Color papyrus, light
Size (Height | Width | Thickness) 196 mm | 69 mm | mm
Range of Preservation complete
State of Preservation Upper edge slightly damaged. Some minor horizontal breaks. On the verso a small strip is teared off for the wrappig of the entire roll.
Mounting framed under glass

Text Basic Information

Localization of Text on Object recto/verso
Script-Fiber-Relation (for Payri) parallel (recto) and perpendicular (verso)
Inks and Pigments carbon ink monochrome black
Range of Preservation (Text) complete
State of Preservation (Text) Line endings in upper part of recto slightly damaged.
Script, Primary Middle Demotic
Language, Primary Ptolemaic Demotic
Comments on Handwriting ""Flüchtige mitteldemotische Geschäftsschrift, auffällig breiter, klecksiger Strich." (According to K.-T. Zauzich, in: VOHD XIX,2)
Comments on Text Layout Medium line pitch. Recto: The text covers nearly the entire sheet, with small margins on all sides. Line length varying. Verso: The text was placed onto the upper half of the sheet, with small lateral margins and a slightly broader margin. Address lines placed onto the lower section of the otherwise uninscribed part, with the second line rotated by 180° with respect to rest of the text.
  recto verso
Quantity of Lines 14 8+2
Quantity of Columns 1 1
Line Lenght (in mm) 65 65
Column Height (in mm) 175 105
Height of Line / Letter
Line Distance 65 x 175 65 x 105


Text Content

Modern Title letter containing requests on maintenance
Ancient Archives private archive
Ancient Scribe(s) of Text
Text Types
  • documentary | letter | vertical format
Summary of Content Letter of Geses to Sirthotes containing an answer on request concerning maintenance. The mentioned person Hgrṱ appears also in Pap Berlin P. 13543.
Location of Composition Elephantine Upper Egypt, 1st nome Egypt (Certainty: high)
Multilingualism Monolingual Script = Language
Gender Man
Religion Polytheism (Egyptian)


People mentioned in Text

ID gender en normiert original Language Functions in Texts
1115 man Herakleides (P. 13543, 23586) Hrgrṱ Greek, Ancient
10725 man Sirthotes (Lesonis) Sr-Ḏḥwtỉ pre-Coptic Egyptian



RulerID Regnal Year MonthID Day Date of the Text Gregorian Date dating_comment
Ptolemaic dynasty 04 Payni 18 -332 BCE -30 BCE Dating by palaeography.;



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DatasetID 100513
last Change 29.07.2022
Trismegistos 46584
Author Jan Moje
Dataset License Creative Commons: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
Data set citation Data set 100513 (= Pap. Berlin P. 23586), ERC-Project ELEPHANTINE: Jan Moje.